Can Women’s Lives be saved from Hypertensive Disorders during Pregnancy? Experiences of South African Midwives

Irene T Ramavhoya, Maria S Maputle, Rachel T Lebese


A qualitative, descriptive phenomenological research design was conducted to explore and describe the experiences of midwives on the management of women diagnosed with hypertensive disorders during pregnancy in rural areas of Limpopo Province, South Africa. Non-probability sampling was used to select eighteen (18) midwives from primary health care facilities of Mopani and Vhembe districts in Limpopo Province. Data was collected through in-depth interview and analysed using eight steps of Tesch’s open coding method. Ethical considerations were adhered to by ensuring confidentiality, anonymity, privacy and signing of informed consent by participants. Measures to ensure trustworthiness; credibility, transferability, dependability and lastly, confirmability were ensured. Findings of this study revealed three themes (with sub-themes) namely; management of pregnant women diagnosed with hypertensive disorders, support experienced when managing complications, challenges experienced by midwives when managing hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. In conclusion, poor support came up very strongly as a factor influencing good management of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Recruitment of more midwives that will support each other during management of pregnant women with hypertensive disorders is recommended. (Afr J Reprod Health 2020; 24[2]: 152-163).

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