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Nystedt, A., Kristiansen, L., Ehrenstråle, K. & Hildingsson, I. (2014). Exploring Some Swedish Women’s Experiences of Support During Childbirth. International Journal of Childbirth, 4(3), 183-190
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring Some Swedish Women’s Experiences of Support During Childbirth
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Childbirth, ISSN 2156-5287, E-ISSN 2156-5295, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 183-190Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Caregivers need to better understand women's experiences of support during childbirth because research suggests that social support positively influences childbirth. AIM: This study describes women's experiences of support given by caregivers during pregnancy and childbirth. METHOD: The study design was inspired by grounded theory. Seven interviews of women were analyzed with an open coding, and different time-related categories related to the childbirth process emerged. The categories were marked by fear and a negative birth experience, being guided on own terms, feel supported, and transformation into courage to give birth. The analysis continued with a selective coding, reflecting the process of mistrust to trust in caregivers. FINDINGS: The mistrust in caregivers began with feelings of fear of birth and a negative birth experience. Through being guided on own terms and feeling supported by the caregivers, a trusting relationship could be established. If the trusting relationship continued during labor, then a woman could transform the fear of birth into the courage to give birth. CONCLUSIONS: Women's experience of support can be seen as a product of earlier experiences from interactions with caregivers. Therefore, caregivers must be sensitive to the potential power and far-reaching consequences their actions can have.

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Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28954 (URN)10.1891/2156-5287.4.3.183 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2019-01-07Bibliographically approved
Nystedt, A., Kristiansen, L. & Hildingsson, I. (2010). Exploring some Swedish womens´ experiences of support during childbirth. In: : . Paper presented at Monthly Seminar La trobe University, 24 March 2010, Melbourne, Australia.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring some Swedish womens´ experiences of support during childbirth
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
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Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28970 (URN)
Conference
Monthly Seminar La trobe University, 24 March 2010, Melbourne, Australia
Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2019-01-07Bibliographically approved
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