A mixed-methods pilot study exploring midwives’ job satisfaction: Is being of service to women the key?


Introduction: The purpose of this research project was to investigate midwives’ job satisfaction in Australian maternity care settings.

Methods: A mixed methods pilot study using the convergent parallel design, and a mixed-methods approach was used for this study. The Nursing Workplace Satisfaction questionnaire was used to collect data online via social media platforms, and consisted of Likert Scale responses, and both closed and opened ended questions.

Results: The quantitative results noted an overall positive result to participants’ job satisfaction, however there were areas that participants reported as problematic. These areas were delved into further via the results of the qualitative data which highlighted eight themes that explored the participants’ perception of the worst things that impacted upon their job satisfaction, and also the best things which impacted in relation to their current jobs.

Conclusions: This study revealed factors including staff shortages, being time-poor, missing basic human rights like meals and comfort breaks which were linked to midwives’ dissatisfaction with their jobs in Australia. The study also identified that midwives valued being of service to women, and that this factor was a driving force in job satisfaction.


midwives, job satisfaction, workforce, shift-work

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