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Women’s psychological experiences of physiological childbirth: A meta-synthesis

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dc.contributor Háskólinn á Akureyri
dc.contributor University of Akureyri
dc.contributor.author Takács, Lea
dc.contributor.author Hall, Priscilla J
dc.contributor.author Murphy, Margaret
dc.contributor.author Leahy-Warren, Patricia
dc.contributor.author Benyamini, Yael
dc.contributor.author Olza Fernandez, Ibone
dc.contributor.author Kazmierczak, Maria
dc.contributor.author Karlsdottir, Dr. Sigfridur Inga
dc.contributor.author Spyridou, Andria
dc.contributor.author Crespo Mirasol, Esther
dc.contributor.author Downe, Soo
dc.contributor.author Nieuwenhuijze, Marianne
dc.contributor.author Jonsdottir, Sigridur Sia
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-26T14:32:02Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-26T14:32:02Z
dc.date.issued 2018-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Olza I, Leahy-Warren P, Benyamini Y, et al. Women’s psychological experiences of physiological childbirth: a meta-synthesis. BMJ Open 2018;8:e020347. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-020347
dc.identifier.issn 2044-6055
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1069
dc.description Publisher's version (útgefin grein)
dc.description.abstract Objective To synthesise qualitative studies on women's psychological experiences of physiological childbirth. Design Meta-synthesis. Methods Studies exploring women's psychological experiences of physiological birth using qualitative methods were eligible. The research group searched the following databases: MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, SocINDEX and Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Collection. We contacted the key authors searched reference lists of the collected articles. Quality assessment was done independently using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) checklist. Studies were synthesised using techniques of meta-ethnography. Results Eight studies involving 94 women were included. Three third order interpretations were identified: 'maintaining self-confidence in early labour', 'withdrawing within as labour intensifies' and 'the uniqueness of the birth experience'. Using the first, second and third order interpretations, a line of argument developed that demonstrated 'the empowering journey of giving birth' encompassing the various emotions, thoughts and behaviours that women experience during birth. Conclusion Giving birth physiologically is an intense and transformative psychological experience that generates a sense of empowerment. The benefits of this process can be maximised through physical, emotional and social support for women, enhancing their belief in their ability to birth and not disturbing physiology unless it is necessary. Healthcare professionals need to take cognisance of the empowering effects of the psychological experience of physiological childbirth. Further research to validate the results from this study is necessary.
dc.description.sponsorship European Cooperation in Science and Technology
dc.format.extent e020347
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher BMJ Publiching Group
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMJ Open;8(10)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Childbirth
dc.subject Empowerment
dc.subject Lived experiences
dc.subject Obstetrics
dc.subject Pyschological childbirth
dc.subject Psychological
dc.subject Fæðing
dc.subject Valdefling
dc.subject Fæðingarlækningar
dc.subject Sálfræði
dc.subject Reynslusögur
dc.title Women’s psychological experiences of physiological childbirth: A meta-synthesis
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2018. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.journal BMJ Open
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020347
dc.contributor.department Hjúkrunarfræðideild (HA)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Nursing (UA)
dc.contributor.school Heilbrigðisvísindasvið (HA)
dc.contributor.school School of Health Sciences (UA)


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