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Paradox of the institution: findings from a hospital labour ward ethnography

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, January 2017
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Title
Paradox of the institution: findings from a hospital labour ward ethnography
Published in
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, January 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-1193-4
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Authors

Elizabeth C Newnham, Lois V McKellar, Jan I Pincombe

Abstract

Interest in the influence of culture on birth practices is on the rise, and with it comes a sense of urgency to implement practices that aid the normalisation and humanisation of birth. This groundswell is occurring despite a broader cultural milieu of escalating technology-use and medicalisation of birth across the globe. Against this background, rates of epidural analgesia use by women in labour are increasing, despite the risk of side effects. Socio-cultural norms and beliefs are likely to influence pain relief choices but there is currently scant research on this topic. This study was undertaken to gain insight into the personal, social, cultural and institutional influences on women in deciding whether or not to use epidural analgesia in labour. The study had an ethnographic approach within a theoretical framework of Critical Medical Anthropology (CMA), Foucauldian and feminist theory. Given the nature of ethnographic research, it was assumed that using the subject of epidural analgesia to gain insight into Western birth practices could illuminate broader cultural ideals and that the epidural itself may not remain the focus of the research. Findings from the study showed how institutional surveillance, symbolised by the Journey Board led to an institutional momentum that in its attempt to keep women safe actually introduced new areas of risk, a situation which we named the Paradox of the institution. These findings, showing a risk/safety paradox at the centre of institutionalised birth, add a qualitative dimension to the growing number of quantitative studies asserting that acute medical settings can be detrimental to normal birth practices and outcomes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 74 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 18 24%
Student > Bachelor 12 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 16%
Researcher 7 9%
Other 4 5%
Other 7 9%
Unknown 14 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 28 38%
Social Sciences 15 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 8%
Psychology 5 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 1%
Other 1 1%
Unknown 18 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 18. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 July 2021.
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#1,419,460
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#353
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