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Factors influencing positive birth experiences of first-time mothers
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Skaraborg Hospital Skövde, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7804-6426
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2261-0112
2013 (English)In: Nursing Research and Practice, ISSN 2090-1429, E-ISSN 2090-1437, Vol. 2013, 349124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives. The objective of this study was to describe first-time mothers’ experiences and reflections of their first birth. Study Design. This study is a part of a larger study which was carried out in southwestern Sweden in 2008. A qualitative method with content analysis was chosen for this study. The unit of data was 14 written narratives from the first-time mothers. Results. The theme “To be empowered increases first-time mothers’ chances for a positive birth experience” crossed over into all the three categories: “To trust the body and to face the pain,” “Interaction between body and mind in giving birth,” and “Consistency of support.” Conclusion. In order to feel confident in their first childbirth, the women wanted to be confirmed and seen as unique individuals by the professionals and their partner. If professionals responded to the individual woman’s needs of support, the woman more often had a positive birth experience, even if the birth was protracted or with medical complications.

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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2013. Vol. 2013, 349124
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8674DOI: 10.1155/2013/349124PubMedID: 24175090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8674DiVA: diva2:677824
Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-10 Last updated: 2015-05-21Bibliographically approved

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