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Like an empowering micro-home: A qualitative study of women's experience of giving birth in water
Sophiahemmet Högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9718-754X
Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge.
Karolinska Institutet / Sophiahemmet Högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2626-2335
2018 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 67, p. 26-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To describe women´s experiences and perceptions of giving birth in water.

DESIGN: A qualitative study with in-depth interviews three to five months after the birth. A content analysis of the interviews was made.

SETTING: One city-located hospital in Stockholm, offering waterbirth to low risk women.

PARTICIPANTS: 20 women, 12 primiparas and 8 multiparas, aged 27-39.

MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS: The overall theme emerging from the analysis was, "Like an empowering micro-home", which describes the effect of being strengthened, enabled and authorized in the birth process. Three categories were found: "Synergy between body and mind", "Privacy and discretion", and "Natural and pleasant".

KEY CONCLUSIONS: The immersion in warm water provided the women with conditions that helped them to cope and feel confident during labour and birth. The homelike and limited space of a bathtub helped give a relaxed feeling of privacy, safety, control and focus for the women.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This study contributes to a deeper understanding of what waterbirth offers to women. For some women, waterbirth may be a way to accomplish an empowering and positive birth experience, and could work as a tool that preserves the normality of, and increases self-efficacy in, childbirth.

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2018. Vol. 67, p. 26-31
Keywords [en]
Birth, Content Analyses, Empowerment, Experience of childbirth, Water immersion, Waterbirth
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2894DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.09.004PubMedID: 30223104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2894DiVA, id: diva2:1324917
Available from: 2019-06-14 Created: 2019-06-14 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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