Childbearing women's experiences of midwives’ workplace distress: Patient and Public Involvement

Sally Pezaro, Gemma Pearce, Elizabeth Bailey

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Some midwives experience work-related psychological distress. This can reduce the quality and safety of maternity services, yet there are few interventions to support midwives.

Our aim was to explore and voice the perceptions of new mothers in relation to the barriers to receiving high-quality maternity care, the psychological wellbeing of midwives and the development and evaluation of an online intervention designed to support them. GRIPP2 reporting checklists are also used to demonstrate how Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) works in research.

We used a co-design approach within a discussion group to collect qualitative data from 10 participants. A framework approach was used for analysis.

Unique findings include midwives crying, becoming emotional and seeking support from service users. Overall, seven PPI outcomes relating to intervention development and data collection were identified.

Maternity service improvement strategies may only be wholly effective once they appreciate an equal focus upon effective midwifery workplace support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-669
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number10
Early online date3 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Bibliographical note

This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Midwifery, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see


This work was supported by Research Design Service (RDS) West Midlands.


  • Patient and public involvement
  • PPI
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Stress
  • Co-design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)


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