Women's experiences of caesarean section and vaginal birth after Caesarean: A Birthrites initiative

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Title Women's experiences of caesarean section and vaginal birth after Caesarean: A Birthrites initiative
Author Fenwick, Jennifer; Gamble, Jennifer Ann; Mawson, Jackie
Journal Name International Journal of Nursing Practice
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract This paper reports the findings of a small pilot study undertaken to identify women's perceptions of their Caesarean section and/or their experience of attempting to achieve a vaginal birth after Caesarean. Fifty-nine women replied to a survey designed and distributed by the consumer organisation Birthrites. The survey consisted of 22 closed and open-ended questions. Descriptive statistics and content analysis were used to analyse the data. Six major factors that impacted on women's perceptions of their birthing experience were identified: (i) 'being supported'; (ii) 'violated expectations'; (iii) 'loss of control'; (iv) 'health professionals' language, attitudes and care practices'; (v) 'the labour experience and the cascade of intervention'; and (vi) 'surgical birth and the separation from the baby'. The results support previous work in this area and demonstrate that some women suffer from psychological trauma following an emergency Caesarean section. The experiences of the women in this small study indicate a need for health professionals to not only better understand the distress that may occur but to also develop a greater understanding of the impact of their interactions with women. The study also provides a consumer 'voice' on current routine hospital policies surrounding vaginal birth after Caesarean and confirms the importance of choice, control and continuity of care for all women regardless of their 'risk' status.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1440-172X
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00397.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]
Volume 9
Page from 10
Page to 17
ISSN 1322-7114
Date Accessioned 2004-03-25
Date Available 2011-05-06T06:46:05Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Faculty of Nursing & Health
Subject PRE2009-Midwifery
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6246
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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