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AIMS This study aimed to analyse and describe women's different perceptions and experiences of childbirth following prolonged or normal labour. BACKGROUND In clinical practice prolonged labour, or dystocia, is a common delivery complication often causing a negative birth experience. METHOD Women giving singleton live birth to their first child with(More)
BACKGROUND Caesarean section (CS) is not an option that women in Sweden can chose themselves, although the rise in CS rate has been attributed to women. This study describes obstetricians' and midwives' attitudes towards CS on maternal request. METHODS A qualitative descriptive study, with content analysis of 5 focus group discussions where 16 midwives(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to explore women's experiences of becoming a mother after prolonged labour. BACKGROUND The negativity associated with a complicated labour such as prolonged labour can lead to a struggle to become a healthy mother and could restrict the process of becoming a mother. METHODS Interviews were conducted in 2004 with 10(More)
BACKGROUND The experience of giving birth has long-term implications for a woman's health and wellbeing. The birth experience and satisfaction with birth have been associated with several factors and emotional dimensions of care and been shown to influence women's overall assessment. Individualized emotional support has been shown to empower women and(More)
OBJECTIVE to elucidate women's experiences of prolonged labour. DESIGN qualitative research interviews were conducted and thematic content analysis was applied. PARTICIPANTS 10 primiparae who, 1-3 months previously, had a prolonged labour with assisted vaginal or caesarean delivery. FINDINGS the narratives about giving birth were interpreted and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare experiences and feelings during pregnancy and childbirth in women who preferred caesarean section during pregnancy and were delivered by a planned caesarean section, and women who preferred to give birth vaginally and actually had a spontaneous vaginal birth. DESIGN Longitudinal cohort study where 693 women(More)
OBJECTIVE to describe the prevalence of women's preference for caesarean section as expressed in mid pregnancy, late pregnancy and one year post partum. An additional aim was to identify associated factors and investigate reasons for the preference. DESIGN mixed methods. Data were collected from 2007 to 2008 through questionnaires distributed to a Swedish(More)
BACKGROUND Cesarean section performed in the absence of medical indication is of concern in many countries, but studies focusing on its prevalence are inconclusive. The objective of this study was, first, to describe the prevalence of cesarean section without medical reason in terms of the diagnostic code listed in the Swedish Medical Birth Register, and to(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical ambiguity concerning effects of epidural analgesia for pain relief in labour seems to reflect a need for evidence-based knowledge for midwives. AIMS This study aimed to review, with a systematic approach, the literature about effects and risks associated with the use of epidural analgesia for pain relief in labour and childbirth. (More)
BACKGROUND Parents' thoughts about childbirth during pregnancy are important for the adjustment process but little is known about factors associated with such thoughts. OBJECTIVES To describe and study background characteristics, feelings and support in relation to thoughts about childbirth in mid-pregnancy, in women and their partners and to analyze(More)