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A qualitative study of midwives’ challenges to support transmen during childbirth: A short report
 
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Uppsala University, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden
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Karolinska Institutet Medical University, Stockholm, Sweden
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Margareta Johansson   

Uppsala University, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 752 36, Sweden
Publication date: 2020-02-07
Submission date: 2019-12-02
Final revision date: 2019-12-19
Acceptance date: 2020-01-09
 
Eur J Midwifery 2020;4(February):3
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Introduction:
Individuals who are transgender often want a family and want to be validated as fathers, but may lack support in the reproductive health field. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore midwives’ perceptions regarding caring for transmen during labour and birth.

Methods:
Five midwives were recruited from Stockholm-area hospitals, with interviews lasting 17 minutes on average. Qualitative content analysis using an inductive approach was used.

Results:
Our findings describe the challenges midwives face when caring for transmen in childbirth, including a lack of knowledge, confusion on working with transgender, how to provide individualized support, and the complexity of childbirth.

Conclusions:
The midwives faced challenges when caring for transmen in childbirth. Since midwives lacked knowledge regarding best practices to support transmen, they wanted to receive more education on how to care for transmen during birth.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The authors thank the midwives who participated.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
FUNDING
Institutional grants were received.
PROVENANCE AND PEER REVIEW
Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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