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dc.contributor.authorHallam, J.*
dc.contributor.authorHoward, C.*
dc.contributor.authorLocke, Abigail*
dc.contributor.authorThomas, M.*
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-15T14:14:16Z
dc.date.available2018-05-15T14:14:16Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citationHallam J, Howard C, Locke A et al (2019) Empowering women through the positive birth movement. Journal of Gender Studies. 28(3): 330-341.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/15881
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractChildbirth has been positioned as a life changing event that has profound long term psychological effects upon women. This paper adopts a community psychology approach to explore the role that the Positive Birth Movement (PBM may have in tackling negative birth experiences by supporting women before and after birth. Six women who all regularly attend UK based Positive Birth Movement meetings and had given birth to at least one child participated in one to one semi-structured interviews designed to explore the support they received before, during and after their birth, as well as their experiences with the positive birth movement. A Foucauldian inspired discourse analysis explores themes relating to the lack of support and information provided by the NHS and the function of the positive birth movement as a transformative community space which offers social support and information. Within these themes a focus on neoliberalism, choice and the woman’s position as an active consumer of health care is critically discussed. It is argued that the PBM has the potential to prepare women for positive birth experiences but more attention needs to be paid to the wider contexts that limit women’s ability to make ‘free’ choice.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2018.1469972en_US
dc.rights© 2018 informa UK limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Gender Studies on 03 May 2018 available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09589236.2018.1469972en_US
dc.subjectCommunity actionen_US
dc.subjectHealth psychologyen_US
dc.subjectBirthen_US
dc.subjectFoucauldian Discourse Analysisen_US
dc.titleEmpowering women through the positive birth movementen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2018-04-24
dc.date.application2018-05-03
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
refterms.dateFOA2019-11-04T12:34:38Z


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