Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, is Co-Director of the UCSF/SFGH Interdepartmental Nurse-Midwifery Education Program in San Francisco.
Voices of Diversity in Midwifery: A Qualitative Research Study
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 85–90, March-April 2006
How to Cite
Kennedy, H. P., Erickson-Owens, D. and Davis, J. A. P. (2006), Voices of Diversity in Midwifery: A Qualitative Research Study. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: 85–90. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.07.007
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- culturally appropriate care;
- cultural humility
The practice of midwifery reflects the spectrum of diversity among midwives and the women they serve, yet the composition of midwives in ACNM does not reflect the diversity of the women for whom they provide care. Providing culturally appropriate care for women requires our best understanding of their beliefs, needs, and desires; it also requires a wide range of diverse clinicians. This study proposed to learn more about the practice of midwifery from a diverse sample of midwives. A qualitative research design, which included small group interviews, videotape collection of data, and content analysis, was used. Four major themes were identified: 1) the worldview of midwifery through the lens of diversity, 2) the experience of diversity, 3) midwifery strategies rooted in diversity, and 4) the legacy for the profession of midwifery. There must be purposeful action by every individual in the profession, as well as the collective voice of midwifery, to identify barriers to inclusiveness and to foster a culture of diversity through respect, recruitment, and mentoring.