A Qualitative Analysis of Women's Short Accounts of Labour and Birth in a Western Australian Public Tertiary Hospital
MetadataShow full item record
This paper reports the findings of the postnatal qualitative arm of a larger study,which investigated women's prenatal and postnatal levels of childbirth fear. Women's expectations and experiences of labour and birth in a Western Australian public tertiary hospital were identified following thematic analysis of short written accounts from 141 participants who had given birth in the previous 6 to 14 weeks. Four major categories emerged to describe features and mediating factors in the trajectory of childbirth and the early puerperium "Anticipating Labour and Birth", "Labour and birth Depicted", "Mediating Factors and their consequences" and "Evaluating, Resolving, and Looking Ahead" portray women's comparative reflections on expectations and realities of birth, on mediating influences, and on moving on from their experience. These findings will provide maternity care professionals with insight into the personal and environmental features of the childbirth setting which colours women's recollections. Being aware of what women value during labour and birth will reinforce the need for professionals to provide care using a mindful approach that considers the potential psychological, emotional and behavioural implications of events.
Copyright © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All right reserved
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Lawrence, A.; Lewis, Lucy; Hofmeyr, G.; Dowswell, T.; Styles, C. (2011)Background: It is more common for women in both high- and low-income countries giving birth in health facilities, to labour in bed. There is no evidence that this is associated with any advantage for women or babies, ...
Lawrence, A.; Lewis, Lucy; Hofmeyr, G.; Styles, C. (2013)BACKGROUND: It is more common for women in both high- and low-income countries giving birth in health facilities, to labour in bed. There is no evidence that this is associated with any advantage for women or babies, ...
Fenwick, Jennifer; Hauck, Yvonne; Downie, Jill; Butt, Janice (2005)Objectives: to explore and describe the labour and birth expectations of a cohort of Western Australian women, and to identify the factors that influence these expectations. Design: a qualitative study using an explorative ...