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Women's experience of unplanned out-of-hospital birth in Sweden: a phenomenological description
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6910-7047
2015 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 6, no 4, 226-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Between 0.5 and 2 percent of women planning to give birth in a hospital environment in Sweden will have an unplanned out-of-hospital birth. Few studies have described mothers' experiences of out-of-hospital births and none on a Swedish population. In an attempt to fill this gap, we have made this pilot study designed to capture mothers' experiences of unplanned out-of-hospital births in Sweden.

Method: Qualitative interviews with eight Swedish women, one to three years after they experienced an unplanned out-of-hospital birth. Data were analysed using the method of phenomenological description.

Results: The meaning of giving unplanned birth outside a hospital environment was “The lived experience of a pendular movement between the good fortune and pride in managing the situation and the fear of what could have happened when giving unplanned birth outside a hospital environment.” In the analysis two clusters emerged that supported the essence: Balancing Emotions and Handling Unfamiliar Actions.

Conclusions: This study contributes to an understanding of the natural processes when giving birth. The findings can be useful when communicating the experience of unplanned out-of-hospital birth to parents in antenatal classes. The women could be encouraged to listen and trust their own body signs as a preparation for giving birth in any type of setting. Guidelines for taking care of women with out-of-hospital birth experiences are suggested.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 6, no 4, 226-229 p.
Keyword [en]
accidental out-of-hospital birth, natural birth, out-of-hospital birth, phenomenology
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Health Sciences
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Health and Welfare, Hemförlossningar i Norden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-18943DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2015.06.002ISI: 000366445600006PubMedID: 26614605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-18943DiVA: diva2:844134
Available from: 2015-08-04 Created: 2015-08-04 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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