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The delivery room: Is it a safe place? A hermeneutic analysis of women's negative birth experiences

Författare och institution:
Christina Nilsson (Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa)
Publicerad i:
Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, 5 ( 4 ) s. 199-204
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Background: Women’s negative experiences in the delivery room can have significance for later fear of childbirth. Therefore, it is important to critically evaluate the care during childbirth. The aim was to gain a deeper understanding of women’s negative experiences in the delivery room. Methods: This study is based on original data from three qualitative studies on Swedish women’s experiences of fear of childbirth. Data were collected from interviews with 21 women; 15 pregnant women (6 + 9) with intense fear of childbirth, and six women who had experienced intense fear of childbirth 7–11 years prior to the interview. The analysis had a hermeneutic approach, with focus on the women’s descriptions of their previous negative birth experiences. Findings: The interpretation showed that in the delivery room the women were objects of surveillance, and they endured suffering related to the care during childbirth. This involves experiences of midwives as uncaring, feelings of being suppressed, unprotected and lacking safety, of feeling disconnected and of the body as incompetent in giving birth. The birth environments are understood as power structures, containing views of women’s birthing bodies as machines, and delivery rooms as surveillance environments, involving interventions such as foetal heart monitoring, induction and augmentation of labour. Conclusions: The delivery room was, for these women, a place creating fear of childbirth. To avoid negative birth experiences and future fear, women must be offered not only medical, but also emotional and existential safety in the delivery room.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Hälsovetenskaper ->
Fear of childbirth, Experience, Surveillance, Monitoring, Intervention, Suffering
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2014-12-18 19:23
Posten ändrad:
2015-02-18 15:25

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