Keeping the shining roads open: intuition in midwifery practice

Pract Midwife. 2015 Nov;18(10):42-5.


Within the midwifery profession, intuition has been discussed for many years and examined as both an obstructive and productive element of clinical practice. Intuitive ability is perceived by some to diminish the basis from which good clinical decisions are made, based upon the argument that intuitive knowledge is not evidence based. However, research has shown that midwives frequently rely on their 'gut' instincts or intuitive insights as the foundation of a judgement or action within the clinical practice setting.

MeSH terms

  • Empathy
  • Humans
  • Intuition*
  • Midwifery*
  • United Kingdom