I. An evaluation of the satisfaction of midwives’ working in midwifery group practice (Collins et al., 2008)
The objective of this paper was to examine changes in midwives’ attitudes to their professional role following the introduction of midwifery group practice (MGP) (a caseload model of midwifery continuity of care provided to women of all risk levels) and to explore aspects of the model that were working well and those that were not working well. The authors concluded that while there were aspects of MGP that midwives were not satisfied with and wanted to change, overall they were satisfied with the model.
Collins, C. T., Fereday, J., Pincombe, J., Oster, C., & Turnbull, D. (2010). An evaluation of the satisfaction of midwives’ working in midwifery group practice. Midwifery 26, 435-441.
II. Managing a work-life balance: the experiences of midwives working in a group practice setting (Fereday and Oster, 2010)
The objective of this paper was to explore how a group of midwives achieved a work-life balance working within a caseload model of care with flexible work hours and on-call work. The study found that it is important for midwives working in MGP to actively manage the flexibility of their role with time on call. Organisational, team and individual structure influenced how flexibility of hours was managed; however, a period of adjustment was required to achieve this balance. The study findings offer a description of effective, sustainable strategies to manage flexible hours and on-call work that may assist other midwives working in a similar role.
Fereday, J., & Oster, C. (2010). Managing a work-life balance: the experiences of midwives working in a group practice setting. Midwifery, 26, 311-318.