Midwifery diagnoses: A means to give midwifery care a voice

Ayerle, Gertrud M.; Eggenschwiler, Luisa Christina; Linhart, Monika; Cignacco Müller, Eva (2019). Midwifery diagnoses: A means to give midwifery care a voice Zeitschrift für Hebammenwissenschaft, 7(2), pp. 77-89. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft e.V.

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Background Standardised diagnostic classification systems have significantly contribut- ed to the harmonisation of professional language in medicine and nursing. They may also be helpful in the diagnostic process in midwifery care. Classification systems and applicability for midwifery care The nursing classification systems established in the German speaking countries are the International Classification of Nursing Practice (ICNP®), the PraxisOrientierte Pflegediagnostik (POP) and the NANDA International Nursing Diagnoses. The latter were developed over the course of many years and reworked using existing evidence and in a peer-review process. Many diagnoses of NANDA-I are equally relevant as ‘midwifery diagnoses’. Evidence on nursing diagnoses There is limited research on the utilisation of nursing diagnoses in midwifery care. However, the diagnoses ‘Labor pain’ and ‘imbalanced nutrition: more than body requirements during pregnancy’ have been tested regarding their validity and clinical indicators. Exemplary reworking of the diagnosis ‘Labor pain’ In 2019, the study group of the German Society of Midwifery Science (DGHWi) e.V. refined and supplemented the diagnosis of ‘Labor pain’ which is relevant to midwifery and was classified by NANDA-I as needing revision. Significance NANDA-I nursing diagnoses revised by midwives have the potential to contribute to the description of diagnostic processes in midwifery care. Key words Midwifery diagnosis, classification system, taxonomy, NANDA-I, labor pain

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions
School of Health Professions > Midwifery
School of Health Professions > Nursing


Ayerle, Gertrud M.;
Eggenschwiler, Luisa Christina0000-0002-1939-2345;
Linhart, Monika and
Cignacco Müller, Eva0000-0001-6773-4015


R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing




Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hebammenwissenschaft e.V.




Jean Anthony Grand-Guillaume-Perrenoud

Date Deposited:

08 Jan 2020 14:41

Last Modified:

20 Sep 2023 14:34

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Hebammendiagnose, Klassifikationssystem, Taxonomie, NANDA-I, Wehen





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