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Experiences of women who have a vaginal birth after requesting a cesarean section due to a fear of birth: a biographical, narrative, interpretative study.

  • Academic Journal
  • Ramvi E; Department of Health Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway.
    Tangerud M
  • Nursing & health sciences [Nurs Health Sci] 2011 Sep; Vol. 13 (3), pp. 269-74. Date of Electronic Publication: 2011 Jun 22.
  • English
  • A fear of childbirth is a reason for a Cesarean section on request without a medical indication. The law for patients' rights in Norway does not give women the opportunity to choose a Cesarean section, only the potential to participate in the decision-making process. This requires cooperation between health professionals and patients. The present study explores the experience of women who had a vaginal birth after requesting a Cesarean section due to a fear of birth. A biographical, narrative, interpretative method was used. Through five women's stories, it is evident that the practice of decision-making constitutes a challenge for both the women and the health professionals. The importance of a woman's right to be taken seriously, even if she does not want to understand the reason behind her fear of birth, is emphasized. An open mind from midwives and physicians is required, although this seems difficult to achieve.
    (© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.)
Additional Information
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia Country of Publication: Australia NLM ID: 100891857 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1442-2018 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 14410745 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Nurs Health Sci Subsets: MEDLINE
Original Publication: Carlton, Vic. : Blackwell Science Asia, c1999-
Date Created: 20110624 Date Completed: 20120112 Latest Revision: 20220409