The aim of this qualitative study, published in Midwifery, was to examine how (UK and Australian based) midwifery students, who self-identify as having been bullied, perceive the repercussions on women and their families.
- Midwifery students perceive that being bullied in front of women or implicating them in the act adversely impacts their childbearing experiences.
- Some types of poor behaviour placed the safety of mothers and babies at risk.
- Students feel that the involvement of women, particularly COCE women, in the ‘drama’ of birth suite bullying fractures existing clinical relationships.
- Students believe that women lose confidence in both the midwifes’ and their ability to provide safe effective midwifery care and are left feeling awkward and uncomfortable, detracting from their quality of care.
- Students reported parents stepping in to defend and protect the bullying victim.