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The meaning of a very positive birth experience: focus groups discussions with women

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, October 2015
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Title
The meaning of a very positive birth experience: focus groups discussions with women
Published in
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0683-0
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Authors

Annika Karlström, Astrid Nystedt, Ingegerd Hildingsson

Abstract

The experience of giving birth has long-term implications for a woman's health and wellbeing. The birth experience and satisfaction with birth have been associated with several factors and emotional dimensions of care and been shown to influence women's overall assessment. Individualized emotional support has been shown to empower women and increase the possibility of a positive birth experience. How women assess their experience and the factors that contribute to a positive birth experience are of importance for midwives and other caregivers. The aim of this study was to describe women's experience of a very positive birth experience. The study followed a qualitative descriptive design. Twenty-six women participated in focus group discussions 6-7 years after a birth they had assessed as very positive. At the time of the birth, they had all taken part in a large prospective longitudinal cohort study performed in northern Sweden. In the present study, thematic analysis was used to review the transcribed data. All women looked back very positively on their birth experience. Two themes and six sub-themes were identified that described the meaning of a very positive birth experience. Women related their experience to internal (e.g., their own ability and strength) and external (e.g., a trustful and respectful relationship with the midwife) factors. A woman's sense of trust and support from the father of the child was also important. The feeling of safety promoted by a supportive environment was essential for gaining control during birth and for focusing on techniques that enabled the women to manage labour. It is an essential part of midwifery care to build relationships with women where mutual trust in one another's competence is paramount. The midwife is the active guide through pregnancy and birth and should express a strong belief in a woman's ability to give birth. Midwives are required to inform, encourage and to provide the tools to enable birth, making it important for midwives to invite the partner to be part of a team, in which everyone works together for the benefit of the woman and child.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 201 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 42 20%
Student > Bachelor 36 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 18 9%
Researcher 14 7%
Other 41 20%
Unknown 29 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 62 30%
Medicine and Dentistry 40 19%
Psychology 20 10%
Social Sciences 17 8%
Computer Science 3 1%
Other 17 8%
Unknown 47 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 63. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 January 2018.
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#299,513
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Outputs from BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
#43
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#7,898
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