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Health-related quality of life five years after birth of the first child
Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karolinska Institutet, Danderyd Hospital.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7840-7885
2015 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 101-107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to describe the overall health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in women five years after the birth of their first child as well as the HRQoL in relation to mode of delivery. Methods: 545 first-time pregnant women, drawn from a hospital situated in Sweden, consented to be included in a cohort. Five years after the birth of the first child, 372 (68%) women agreed to participate in a follow-up study. HRQoL was measured using the Swedish Health-Related Quality of Life Survey (SWED-QUAL) questionnaire. Socio-demographic background and variables related to pregnancy and childbirth were collected using a self-report questionnaire. Results: Overall, the HRQoL was perceived to be good. Suboptimal scores were obtained for the three variables: Sleeping problems, Emotional well-being - negative affect and Family functioning - sexual functioning. Women having a vaginal birth, an instrumental vaginal birth or women who underwent caesarean section on maternal request were more likely to report better perceived HRQoL than women who had undergone an emergency caesarean section or caesarean section due to medical indication. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that the overall HRQoL of the women in the cohort was reported as good. Mode of delivery was associated with differences in HRQoL five years after birth of the first child. Our result suggests that some differences in perceived HRQoL persist in the long term. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

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Elsevier , 2015. Vol. 6, no 2, p. 101-107
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Follow-up, Health-related quality of life, Mode of delivery, Quality of life, adult, Article, breech presentation, cesarean section, childbirth, family functioning, female, follow up, human, major clinical study, perception, pregnant woman, priority journal, questionnaire, sexuality, vaginal delivery, wellbeing, adverse effects, birth, health, health status, mental health, middle aged, Mood Disorders, obstetric delivery, parity, pregnancy, procedures, reproductive health, self evaluation, self report, Sleep Wake Disorders, Sweden, young adult, Delivery, Obstetric, Diagnostic Self Evaluation, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Parturition, Surveys and Questionnaires
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-38873DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2015.01.005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84929511845OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-38873DiVA, id: diva2:1615637
Available from: 2021-11-30 Created: 2021-11-30 Last updated: 2021-11-30Bibliographically approved

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