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Table 1 Midwives’ perception of their education, knowledge and practice around immersion in water for labour and birth

From: Midwives’ experience of their education, knowledge and practice around immersion in water for labour or birth

Outcomes n=29
(n%)
Months qualified as midwifea 162(64-247)[10-454]
Months been facilitating water immersion for labour or birtha 83(36-120)[4-286]
Where do you work?
 Community Midwifery Program 12(41)
 Midwifery Group Practice 17 (59)
Waterbirth training
 West Australian guidelines 27(93)
 Hospital based E-learning 26(90)
 Observed waterbirth by midwife competent in waterbirth 26(90)
 Waterbirth supervised by midwife competent in waterbirth 25(86)
 Hospital study day 15(52)
Following training felt well equipped to facilitate waterbirth 27(93)
Number of waterbirths required to facilitate confidencea 7(4-10)[0-30]
Primary factor discussed with women
 Safety 9(31)
 Eligibility 8(28)
 Benefits of waterbirth 7(24)
 Waterbirth process 5(17)
Confidence caring for women in water during 1st stage laboura,b 10(10-10)[8-10]
Confidence caring for women in water during 2nd stage laboura,b 9(9-10)[6-10]
Confidence caring for women in water during 3rd stage laboura,b 8(6-10)[2-10]
Confidence using emergency evacuation systema,b 8(8-10)[3-10]
Enjoy facilitating immersion in water for laboura,c 10(10-10)[8-10]
Enjoy facilitating immersion in water for birtha,c 10(10-10)[8-10]
Actively promote use of water for labour for all eligible women 28(97)
Actively promote use of water for birth for all eligible women 26(90)
Scenario 1 (Antenatal); Maximum 2 pointsa 2(1-2)[0-2]
Scenario 2 (Early labour); Maximum 3 pointsa 2(2-3)[0-3]
Scenario 3 (Birth); Maximum 2 pointsa 2(1-2)[0-2]
Scenario 4 (Third stage); Maximum 3 pointsa 2(2-3)[0-3]
  1. aMean (interquartile range)[range]
  2. bScale of 0-10. Where 0 ‘Not confident’ and 10 ‘Very confident’
  3. cScale of 0-10. Where 0 ‘Do not enjoy’ and 10 ‘Enjoy’