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A Qualitative Study of Women's Feelings About Future Childbirth: Dread and Delight
Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Ostra, Sweden.
Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Ostra, Sweden.
Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Ostra, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Journal of midwifery & women's health, ISSN 1526-9523, E-ISSN 1542-2011, Vol. 57, no 2, 120-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: There is extensive knowledge about expectations of and thoughts about childbirth among women who have not given birth. When it comes to women who have given birth to at least 1 child, on the other hand, knowledge about their expectations for a future birth is limited. The purpose of this study is thus to describe the emotions of this group concerning future childbirth. Methods: Participants were 908 women in Sweden who had given birth to at least 1 child. This study is based on responses to the following request in the questionnaire sent out to women 4 to 7 years after they had given birth vaginally: "Please describe your feelings when you think about giving birth in the future." Results: One-third of the women responded that they were mostly frightened of future childbirth, while the remaining two-thirds had mostly positive feelings. The qualitative analysis resulted in 3 categories and 8 subcategories and an overall theme: a mixture of dread and delight. Even with negative feelings/fears about future childbirth, many women want to give birth to more children. Discussion: Despite experiences of severe pain or complications during a previous birth, many women nonetheless looked forward to future childbirth, primarily since they were motivated by having another child and encouraged by having been given good support by the midwife.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Vol. 57, no 2, 120-125 p.
Keyword [en]
childbirth expectations, emotions, labor, birth, qualitative research
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-5886DOI: 10.1111/j.1542-2011.2011.00113.xISI: 000301712900005PubMedID: 22432482Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84858766898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-5886DiVA: diva2:527484
Available from: 2012-05-21 Created: 2012-05-21 Last updated: 2013-02-05Bibliographically approved

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