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Table 5 Positive aspects of caseload for midwives

From: Comparing satisfaction and burnout between caseload and standard care midwives: findings from two cross-sectional surveys conducted in Victoria, Australia

Theme Baseline caseload (n = 20) Baseline standard care (n = 117) Total baseline (n = 137) Two years caseload (n = 22) Two years standard care (n = 120) Total two years (n = 144)
  n % n % n % n % n % n %
Continuity and relationships with known women 11 55 68 58 79 58 17 77 76 63 93 65
Job satisfaction 5 25 51 44 56 41 16 73 36 30 52 36
Autonomy, responsibility, accountability 11 55 36 31 47 34 5 23 21 18 26 18
Flexibility (work hours, no shifts) 14 70 28 24 42 31 12 55 23 19 35 24
Utilising midwifery skills and knowledge across all practice areas 8 40 27 23 35 26 2 9 17 14 19 13
Caring for women who are more empowered and informed 5 25 12 10 17 12 5 23 34 28 39 27
Women-centred, holistic 2 10 9 7 11 8 2 9 6 5 8 6
Teamwork 3 15 7 6 10 7 2 9 4 3 6 4
Raising profile of midwifery 1 5 7 6 8 6 3 14 3 2 6 4
Increased self-confidence 1 5 3 3 4 3 - - 1 1 1 1
Lighter workload/more controlled/‘normal’ - - 4 3 4 3 - - 2   2 1
Improved lifestyle (more time at home) 1 5 1 1 4 3 6 22 1 1 7 5
Good remuneration - - 1 1 1 1 - - 2 2 2 1
Assists with ward/unit workload - - 1 1 1 1 - - 4 3 4 3