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The role of midwifery associations in the professional development of midwifery
 
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Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Science, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey
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Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Science, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey
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Department Health Care, Knowledge Centre Brussels Integrated Care, Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Brussels, Belgium
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Department of Public Health, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics Research group, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Serap Ö. Altınayak   

Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Science, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Kurupelit Campus, 55200, Samsun, Turkey
Publication date: 2020-07-02
Submission date: 2019-06-21
Final revision date: 2020-03-23
Acceptance date: 2020-05-13
 
Eur J Midwifery 2020;4(July):27
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ABSTRACT
Midwifery associations have an important role in several subjects such as professionalisation, developing neonatal health, reducing maternal-fetal mortality, planning labor, professional recognition, planning legislative regulations, developing the profession, and offering quality birth services. The purpose of this study is to explain the contributions of well-known midwifery associations in the world, and in particular in Turkey, to the professional development of midwifery, as well as similarities of midwifery associations in Turkey with other associations, including the position of Turkey in associationalism. The associations have enabled the profession of midwifery to progress, gain autonomy, be legally protected and become more professional. In order for the associations in Turkey to operate effectively, it is recommended that their membership is increased so as to represent more midwives and thus gain more political power and to advance evidencebased applications in midwifery care.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The authors thank Elif Geçer of the Turkish Midwives Association for her critical reading and valuable suggestions to improve the manuscript.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none was reported.
FUNDING
There was no source of funding for this research.
PROVENANCE AND PEER REVIEW
Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
 
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