Midwifery Professional Relationships: Collaboration Across the Novice-to-Expert Continuum

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This article describes the types of helpful and supportive interactions or communication strategies that characterize the collaborative relationships in which a midwife can engage across the novice-to-expert continuum of professional development. Similarities and distinctions are drawn between the various terms describing types of collaboration and discussed with respect to the added value that each relationship can have for the individual and for the health care team. A conceptual depiction of the essential components of effective teamwork or collaboration is presented. Emphasis is placed on the dynamic nature of the process of developing and sustaining these relationships across the midwife's professional lifetime.

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