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Midwives 'must consider' needs of lesbian couples

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Midwives need to consider the different “needs and roles” of lesbian couples during pregnancy and birth, according to Norwegian researchers from Akershus University College.

They interviewed 11 midwives on their experiences of caring for lesbian couples.

The researchers found that “caring for lesbian couples was seen as unproblematic”, but midwives did experience “uncertain caring situations”.

In particular, there was a need to “assess a co-mother’s particular role and needs during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period”.

The authors said: “Studies are required to map content, consequences and coping strategies regarding the ambivalent or uncertain caring situations and to assess a co-mother’s particular role and needs during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period to provide tailored care for lesbian couples.”

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