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Perceptions of midwives with visible body art: OK or no way?

Power, A. and Lowe, J. (2018) Perceptions of midwives with visible body art: OK or no way? British Journal of Midwifery. 26(3) 0969-4900.

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Abstract: The Code (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015) details the professional standards that midwives must uphold whether their practice involves direct care or they are in leadership, education or research roles. In relation to prioritising people, midwives must treat women as individuals and ‘avoid making assumptions and recognise diversity and individual choice’ (NMC, 2015:4). Tattoos and piercings are becoming increasingly popular forms of body art, with Laux et al. (2016) suggesting up to 36% of people under 40 having at least one tattoo. Anecdotal evidence suggests that tattoos, piercings and ‘creative’ hair styles and colours may have elicited negative opinions and stereotyping of an individual’s character and lifestyle choices in the past. Recently, Winter (2017) talked of the clinical impact of tattoos and piercings on pregnancy in relation to possible complications in care; however what if it is the midwife who has the tattoos and connotations? In her blog, Durant (2017) poses this very question and generates an interesting discussion. As cultural norms evolve, tattoos and piercings are becoming mainstream - this article will hear Justine Lowe’s narrative of her journey into midwifery and her reflections on how her tattoos and ‘colourful’ hair are perceived by colleagues and the women in her care.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assumptions, non-judgemental practice, the Code, piercings, tattoos
Creators: Power, Alison and Lowe, Justine
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Midwifery
Date: 28 February 2018
Date Type: Published Online
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Volume: 26
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0969-4900
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No

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