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Balancing Life and Death During the Golden Minute – Midwives’ Experiences of Performing Newborn Resuscitation

Authors Ljungblad LW, Skovdahl K, McCormack B, Dahl B

Received 24 June 2020

Accepted for publication 13 August 2020

Published 17 September 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 943—952


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Linda Wike Ljungblad,1 Kirsti Skovdahl,2 Brendan McCormack,2,3 Bente Dahl1

1Centre for Women’s, Family and Child Health, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg N-3603, Norway; 2Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg N-3603, Norway; 3Divisions of Nursing, Occupational Therapy & Arts Therapies, Centre for Person-Centred Practice Research, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6UU, UK

Correspondence: Linda Wike Ljungblad
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway, P.O. Box 235, Kongsberg N-3603, Norway
Tel +47 93458429
Email [email protected]

Purpose: To explore midwives’ experiences in performing newborn resuscitation on maternity wards.
Patients and Methods: It was a qualitative study, using a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. Individual interviews with 16 clinical midwives working in Norwegian maternity wards were conducted from August 2018 to January 2019.
Results: The complexity underlying how midwives balance responsibility and vulnerability when performing newborn resuscitation during the Golden Minute was revealed. Midwives described the stress they experienced during resuscitation events and their need for support and confirmation after performing newborn resuscitation.
Conclusion: The vulnerability and responsibility that midwives bear for mothers and newborns simultaneously affected midwives in several ways. We saw that midwives need support and confirmation to be prepared for newborn resuscitation. We also found that a lack of knowledge, skills and experience were barriers to midwives feeling prepared. Simulation training, including tailored programs, are suggested to improve midwives’ skills and help them feel prepared for real-life resuscitations. The importance of midwives’ assessment during the Golden Minute and further investigation from other perspectives are needed to understand fully this clinical complexity.

Keywords: experiences, Golden Minute, midwife, newborn resuscitation, qualitative research

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