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J Qual Res Health Sci 2016, 4(4): 372-384 Back to browse issues page
Midwifery Students' Experiences of their First Attendance in the Delivery Room
Fateme Aliakbari , Fereshteh Aien , Maedeh Mohammadifard *
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Introduction: Clinical education is a multidimensional and complex process with cognitive, emotional,
and functional aspects. The first experience of clinical environment is the most important point of
decision-making regarding the field of study as a future career path. Because of the enormous impact that
the first experience of attendance in the delivery room might have on the students’ views regarding their
future career and performance, the aim of this study was to describe the first experience of midwifery
students in the delivery room.
Method: This qualitative study was performed using a descriptive phenomenological approach in Iran.
The subjects of the study consisted of 20 undergraduate midwifery students in their third or fourth
semester. They were selected through purposive sampling method. Data were collected via individual
tape-recorded interviews and focus group. Data were simultaneously analyzed using Colaizzi’s seven-step
analysis method.
Results: Through data analysis, 216 codes were extracted which were classified under 7 semantic codes.
Then, the 2 main themes of transformation of previous beliefs and stress caused by delivery training were
extracted from the experiences of the participants.
Conclusion: The results of this study showed that the previous beliefs of the students underwent
transformation on their first experience of attending the delivery room. Various factors influenced their
first experience. According to the results of this study and other similar studies, and due to the stressful
nature of this field of study, attempts to prepare students before entering the delivery room to reduce the
stress experienced in their first attendance and promote clinical education are necessary.

Keywords: Midwifery students, Experiences, Delivery room
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/01/12 | Accepted: 2016/02/1 | Published: 2016/07/3
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Aliakbari F, Aien F, mohammadifard M. Midwifery Students' Experiences of their First Attendance in the Delivery Room. J Qual Res Health Sci. 2016; 4 (4) :372-384
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