Reflections of maternity service users and midwives on the co-creation of interventions to support midwives addressing alcohol during antenatal care

Franklin Onukwugha (Corresponding / Lead Author), Judith Dyson (Corresponding / Lead Author), Helen Howlett (Corresponding / Lead Author), Katherine Combe (Corresponding / Lead Author), Maria Catterick (Corresponding / Lead Author), J. Cohen (Corresponding / Lead Author), A. Smith (Corresponding / Lead Author)

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    Abstract

    Background: There are divergent perspectives between midwives and pregnant women on how alcohol consumption during pregnancy could be addressed. Cocreation is an approach where lay people and professionals work together as equal partners, offering the opportunity to bridge the gap.
    Objectives: Our aim was to evaluate how well we carried out authentic co-creation of an intervention to support midwives have a dialogue about alcohol consumption with pregnant women.
    Patient involvement: Recent maternity service users including women with experience of harm due to alcohol during pregnancy provided feedback on the design, conduct and dissemination of the study.
    Methods: An iterative co-creation approach rooted in participatory research methods was used. Five online workshops were carried out with thirteen midwives and six maternity service users via Zoom July-August 2021. Data were analysed using the core values of co-create as a framework: equality, inclusivity, holistic, resource, positivity, transparency, iterative, and sustainability.
    Results: The co-creation process was productive and rewarding to midwives and maternity service users. There were positive experiences across the co-creation framework with some unintended positive consequences for maternity-service users.
    Discussion: This evaluation provides new knowledge on how well the co-creation process worked in relation to research involving a sensitive topic that can invite stigma. Co-creation projects require generous time and financial resources to ensure a high quality process and robust outcome for all.
    Practical value: Co-creation of strategies involving both service providers and service users have potential to facilitate evidence-based practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number107896
    JournalPatient Education and Counseling
    Volume115
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 20 Jul 2023

    Keywords

    • Behaviour change
    • Foetal alcohol syndrome/disorder
    • Gestational alcohol consumption
    • Implementation science
    • Midwives

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