Maija-Riitta Jouhki

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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the changing association between lateral episiotomy and obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASIS) for women with low and high baseline risk of OASIS. DESIGN A population-based register study. SETTING Data gathered from the Finnish Medical Birth Register for the years 2004-2011. PARTICIPANTS All women with spontaneous vaginal or(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the decision-making process and birth experience of ten women in Finland who had planned to have a home birth. METHOD The data were collected by means of in-depth interviews in 2008 and were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. RESULTS Several reasons led to a decision to give birth at home. The main reasons were: previous(More)
BACKGROUND partners often participate in childbirth, and the effects on both partners have been intensively investigated, but children׳s participation is rare in western countries and less studied. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore and construct a comprehensive structure of meaning of Finnish children׳s experiences of participating in birth of a(More)
Obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASIS) is a well-known, serious complication of vaginal delivery that can have serious implications for women's subsequent health. The risk factors for OASIS included first vaginal delivery, high birthweight, prolonged second stage of birth, and operative vaginal deliveries. Manual perineum protection and use of mediolateral(More)
BACKGROUND home births are quite rare and are not supported as part of mainstream health care services in most European countries. Women who choose home as the place of birth often do so because maternity services in hospitals do not offer the options that they want. The aim of the present study is to describe women's experiences of giving birth at home and(More)
The planned home birth has provoked discussion around the world. Home birth has been described as a positive experience, but results regarding the safety of home birth are controversial. To date, the phenomenon has mainly been examined from the mother's point of view, and there is only one previous study reporting fathers' perspective. The purpose of the(More)
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