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A Swedish interview study: parents' assessment of risks in home births
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.
Midsweden University, Sweden .
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.
2006 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 15-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: to describe home-birth risk assessment by parents. Design: interviews using a semi-structured interview guide. Data were analysed using a phenomenological approach. Setting: independent midwifery practices in Sweden. Participants: five couples who had had planned home births. Findings: the parents had a fundamental trust that the birth would take place without complications, and they experienced meaningfulness in the event itself. Risks were considered to be part of a complex phenomenon that was not limited to births at home. This attitude seems to be part of a lifestyle that has a bearing on how risks experienced during the birth were handled. Five categories were identified as counterbalancing the risk of possible complications: (1) trust in the woman's ability to give birth; (2) trust in intuition; (3) confidence in the midwife; (4) confidence in the relationship; and (5) physical and intellectual preparation. Key conclusions: although the parents were conscious of the risk of complications during childbirth, a fundamental trust in the woman's independent ability to give birth was central to the decision to choose a home birth. Importance was attached to the expected positive effects of having the birth at home. Implications for practice: knowledge of parents' assessment can promote an increased understanding of how parents-to-be experience the risks associated with home birth. 

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2006. Vol. 22, no 1, p. 15-22
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3494DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2005.04.002ISI: 000236442900004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-32944460528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3494DiVA, id: diva2:116158
Available from: 2007-06-01 Created: 2007-06-01 Last updated: 2015-07-07Bibliographically approved

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