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Exploring Some Swedish Women’s Experiences of Support During Childbirth
Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4067-2357
Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7959-606X
Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6985-6729
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
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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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2014. Vol. 4, no 3, p. 183-190
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28954DOI: 10.1891/2156-5287.4.3.183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28954DiVA, id: diva2:1276118
Available from: 2014-12-15 Created: 2019-01-07Bibliographically approved

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