A qualitative study of women´s experinces of home birth in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title A qualitative study of women´s experinces of home birth in Sweden
Author(s) Sjöblom, Ingela ; Edberg, Anna-karin ; Nordström, Berit
Date 2006
English abstract
OBJECTIVE: to illuminate the experiences of women who have given birth at home. METHODS: a descriptive design with a qualitative approach based on interviews with 12 women. The text was analysed using a phenomenological-hermeneutic method. FINDINGS: giving birth at home meant preserved authority and autonomy whereby the women themselves ruled the situation. The women's experiences of giving birth at home can be divided into three themes, with internal variations viewed as sub-themes. The main themes were as follows: 'having faith in one's own competence'; 'choosing support on one's own terms'; and 'being at home'. The experience embraced an earthly dimension, represented by reliance on inherent natural forces, and an existential, spiritual dimension, represented by faith in life itself, expressed in terms of the sacredness of giving birth, a heavenly experience, and wisdom about life itself. CONCLUSION: the experience of giving birth at home seems to differ from findings of studies focusing on the experience of giving birth in hospital. A reasonable goal for maternity care in hospital could, however, be that all women should have the opportunity to give birth on their own terms in a supportive and calm environment, surrounded by people who can assist if needed.
Swedish abstract
Syftet med studien var att belysa kvinnors upplevelser av att föda hemma. Tolv kvinnor intervjuades om sina upplevelser och materialet bearbetades enligt fenomenologisk-hermeneutisk metod. Resultatet gav tre huvudtema med respektive subteman: 1. Att ha tilltro till sin egen förmåga. Subteman: a. att göra på sitt eget sätt, b. att äga sin kropp och c. att vara i kontakt med sitt barn. 2. Att få stöd på egna villkor Subteman: a. att få professionellt stöd och b. att ha en livlina. 3. Att känna sig hemma. Subteman: a. att vara kvar, b. att skapa ett eget rum och c. att syskonen blir delaktiga. En övergripande dimension är en andlig dimension av födandet som upplevdes som något större, något utöver det jordiska. Den tolkade helheten av upplevelsen är att ha tillit till sig själv och livet och att ha bibehållen auktoritet och autonomi.
Host/Issue Midwifery;4
Volume 22
Pages 348-355
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Women's experince
Home birth;
Phenomenological–hermeneutical analysis
Medicine
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3293 (link to this page)
Link http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16730107 (external link to related web page)

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