Midwives' experiences of the consequences of navigating barriers to maternity care


Midwives in Low- and middle-income countries, experience myriad barriers that have consequences for them and for maternity care. This article provides insight into the consequences of the barriers that Ghanaian midwives face in their workplaces. Glaserian Grounded Theory methodology using semi-structured interviews and non-participant observations was applied in this study. The study participants comprised of 29 midwives and a pharmacist, a social worker, a health services manager, and a National Insurance Scheme manager in Ghana. Data collection and analysis occurred concurrently while building on already analyzed data. In this study it was identified that barriers to Ghanaian midwives' ability to provide maternity care can have physiological, psychological, and socioeconomic consequences for midwives. It also negatively impacted maternity care. Implementing new ameliorating measures to mitigate the barriers that Ghanaian midwives encounter, and the consequences that those barriers have on them would improve midwife retention and care quality.

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