Sustainability and resilience in midwifery: a discussion paper.
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CROWTHER, S., HUNTER, B., MCARA-COUPER, J., WARREN, L., GILKISON, A., HUNTER, M., FIELDER, A. and KIRKHAM, M. 2016. Sustainability and resilience in midwifery: a discussion paper. Midwifery [online], 40, pages 40-48. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.06.005
Sustainability and resilience are concepts which have recently come into use in the midwifery workforce literature (Wakelin & Skinner, 2007; Sullivan, Lock & Homer, 2011, Yoshida & Sandall, 2013). These notions have appeared within the literature around sustainable organisations (Kossek et al., 2014). This discussion paper aims to explore their relevance and usefulness within midwifery. The intention of this paper is not to provide a concept analysis or a systematic review of the literature but provide a comparative analysis of two distinct studies conducted by the authors. A comparative analysis compares and contrasts studies and highlights commonalities and points of difference that were not clearly seen before (Rihoux and Ragin, 2009). This paper draws on primary research conducted by the authors who explored sustainability and resilience within midwifery practice in New Zealand and the United Kingdom respectively. Comparative analysis of 5 these notions and the themes which emerged from these studies, offers insights and consideration of their utility for investigating the wellbeing of the midwifery workforce. Our discussion encompasses both the sustainability and resilience of the individual, and the sustainability and resilience of midwifery practice as a whole. We will refer to these studies as the New Zealand (NZ) sustainability study and the United Kingdom (UK) resilience study.