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Women’s experiences of empowerment in a planned home birth: a Swedish population-based study
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4875-1407
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6910-7047
2010 (English)In: Birth, ISSN 0730-7659, E-ISSN 1523-536X, Vol. 37, no 4, 309-317 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Childbirth can be an empowering event in a woman’s life. However, we know little about women’s own perceptions of power and empowering sources during childbirth. This study aims to describe the factors experienced as empowering during a planned home birth.

Method and material: The inclusion criteria were women in Sweden who had a planned home birth between 1992 and 2005. All the women (n=735) who agreed to participate received one questionnaire for each planned home birth. A total of 1038 questionnaires were sent to the women. The written birth stories were analyzed using content analysis and descriptive statistics.

Results: In the analysis of the participants’ birth experience four categories and one overall theme emerged from the stories. The categories identified were 1) sensations, 2) guidance, 3) tacit support and 4) identification of needs. Greater emphasis was put on guidance among first-time mothers than among with multiparas, for whom tacit support was identified as the most empowering factor. The overall theme was identified as “resting in acceptance of the process”. The empowerment they express by achieving and maintaining a sense of control allows them to rest in acceptance of the efforts that are part of a normal birth.

Conclusion: Women who choose to give birth at home find empowering sources within themselves, from their environment and from the active and passive support of persons they have chosen to be present at the birth. They create their own birth setting ahead of the birth, so that they can let go of control when it actually happens.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Vol. 37, no 4, 309-317 p.
Keyword [en]
home births, midwifery, control, content analysis
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Health Sciences
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Hälsa och välfärd, Hemförlossningar i Norden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4493DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2010.00426.xISI: 000284318500007PubMedID: 21083723OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4493DiVA: diva2:520148
Available from: 2010-01-27 Created: 2010-01-27 Last updated: 2016-03-21Bibliographically approved

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