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dc.contributor.authorHill, E.*
dc.contributor.authorFirth, Amanda*
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T09:23:01Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T09:23:01Z
dc.date.issued2018-03
dc.identifier.citationHill E and Firth A (2018) Positive birth experiences: a systematic review of the lived experience from a birthing person’s perspective. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest. 28(1): 71-78.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/14860
dc.descriptionYes
dc.description.abstractPositive birth (PB) experiences assist with successful transition into parenthood and psychological growth. Identifying contributing factors, which assist in the achievement of such experiences, could inform birth workers and maternity service providers and improve experiences for future parents. To undertake a systematic review of factors which the birthing person perceived as contributing to their PB experience. Search strategy: Six databases were searched with English language restriction. Grey literature sources and relevant journal content were searched. Main results: Sixty-eight participants were included from studies conducted in Norway, Sweden, the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). The major themes of the thematic synthesis were: strength through preparation; a positive mental attitude; feeling safe and connected through autonomy; the presence of others; and fond memories that were formulated. Findings informed birth workers that their authentic presence is valued by birthing people, and that a person’s or provider’s birthing culture impacts on a person’s perception of their birth experiences. In order to experience PB, maternity services should support individualised care. Conclusions: A PB experience matters to families, and enables self-esteem and confidence to be felt as a new parent. The unique individualised care and authentic presence of the birth workers provided strength, reassurance and encouragement during the birth process.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe author’s master’s was supported by funding from the Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rights© MIDIRS 2018 (Midwives Information & Resource Service). Reproduced with the agreement of the publisher.
dc.subjectPositive birth
dc.subjectBirth experience
dc.subjectThematic synthesis
dc.titlePositive birth experiences: a systematic review of the lived experience from a birthing person's perspective
dc.status.refereedYes
dc.date.Accepted2018-01-22
dc.date.application2018-03
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionAccepted manuscript
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-29T03:57:05Z
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.midirs.org/our-services/midwifery-digest-subscription/


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