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dc.contributor.authorHallam, J.L.*
dc.contributor.authorHoward, C.D.*
dc.contributor.authorLocke, Abigail*
dc.contributor.authorThomas, M.*
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-01T15:21:01Z
dc.date.available2016-11-01T15:21:01Z
dc.date.issued2016-01
dc.identifier.citationHallam JL, Howard CD, Locke A and Thomas M (2016) Communicating choice: an exploration of mothers’ experiences of birth. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 34(2): 175-184.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/10176
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractObjective: This article gives an in-depth insight into the ways in which communication between midwives and the birthing woman shape the birth experience. Background: Birth is a significant life event for many women that can have profound, long-lasting effects on how they see themselves as women and mothers. Within the literature the importance of control over the birth experience and the support that the birthing woman receives from midwives is stressed. Methods: Six women who had recently given birth participated in one-to-one semi-structured interviews designed to explore the kinds of support they received before, during and after their birth. An inductive thematic analysis was employed in order to identify and explore key issues which ran throughout the interviews. Results: Within the interviews the importance of being an active mother, someone who made decisions in relation to her labour, was stressed. The analysis explores the ways in which communication style and compassionate care either enabled or prevented women from adopting the position of ‘active’ mother. Conclusion: It is argued that a personal connection with midwives and clear and open communication which places the birthing woman in a position of control are key to positive birth experiences.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260en_US
dc.rights© 2016 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology on 19 Jan 2016 available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260en_US
dc.subjectBirth: Active mother; Qualitative methodsen_US
dc.titleCommunicating choice: an exploration of mothers' experiences of birthen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2015-10-05
dc.date.application2016-01-19
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-27T02:03:22Z


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