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A Swedish interview study: parents' assessment of risks in home births.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4875-1407
2006 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 15-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: to describe home-birth risk assessment by parents. Design: interviews using a semi-structured interview guide. Data were analysed using a phenomenological approach. Setting: independent midwifery practices in Sweden. Participants: five couples who had had planned home births. Findings: the parents had a fundamental trust that the birth would take place without complications, and they experienced meaningfulness in the event itself. Risks were considered to be part of a complex phenomenon that was not limited to births at home. This attitude seems to be part of a lifestyle that has a bearing on how risks experienced during the birth were handled. Five categories were identified as counterbalancing the risk of possible complications: (1) trust in the woman’s ability to give birth; (2) trust in intuition; (3) confidence in the midwife; (4) confidence in the relationship; and (5) physical and intellectual preparation. Key conclusions: although the parents were conscious of the risk of complications during childbirth, a fundamental trust in the woman’s independent ability to give birth was central to the decision to choose a home birth. Importance was attached to the expected positive effects of having the birth at home. Implications for practice: knowledge of parents’ assessment can promote an increased understanding of how parents-to-be experience the risks associated with home birth.

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2006. Vol. 22, no 1, p. 15-22
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home birth, midsifery, interview
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4497OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4497DiVA, id: diva2:520152
Available from: 2010-01-27 Created: 2010-01-27 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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