Care during pregnancy and childbirth in Sweden: perspectives of lesbian women

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Care during pregnancy and childbirth in Sweden: perspectives of lesbian women
Author(s) Larsson, Anna-Karin ; Dykes, Anna-Karin
Date 2009
English abstract
Objective to explore the views and experiences of care of lesbian women during pregnancy and childbirth. Design, setting and participants a qualitative study of 18 lesbian women in southern Sweden. Findings valid text units were formed through categorisation into four main categories: recognition of sexual orientation; openness; relationships within the homosexual family; and different encounters and attitudes within the health-care system. The interviewed women were positive about their care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, as in studies regarding women's experiences of care in general, lesbian women raised concerns about postnatal care, parent education and the structure of the patient records with no place for the female partner. Key conclusions and implications for practice confirmation of parenthood was important, especially for the co-parent. The participants in this study felt that when they were open about their sexuality, this was met with an openness that they felt was confirming about their homsexuality. It is important for health-care providers not to make assumptions about women's sexuality.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2007.10.004 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Science direct
Host/Issue Midwifery;6
Volume 25
ISSN 0266-6138
Pages 682-690
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Lesbian
Homosexual
Parent education
Pregnancy
Confinement
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Surgery::Obstetrics and women's diseases
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9965 (link to this page)

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