Communicating choice: an exploration of mothers’ experiences of birth

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/619014
Title:
Communicating choice: an exploration of mothers’ experiences of birth
Authors:
Hallam, Jenny ( 0000-0002-3978-1831 ) ; Howard, Chris ( 0000-0002-4369-5127 ) ; Locke, Abigail; Thomas, Melissa
Abstract:
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. This paper gives an in-depth insight into the ways in which communication between midwives and the birthing woman shape the birth experience. 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. 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. 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.
Affiliation:
UNiversity of Derby
Citation:
Hallam, J. L. et al (2016) 'Communicating choice: an exploration of mothers' experiences of birth,' Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34 (2):175. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260
Journal:
Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Issue Date:
19-Jan-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/619014
DOI:
10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0264-6838; 1469-672X
Appears in Collections:
Human Sciences Research Centre

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHallam, Jennyen
dc.contributor.authorHoward, Chrisen
dc.contributor.authorLocke, Abigailen
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Melissaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-29T10:27:05Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-29T10:27:05Z-
dc.date.issued2016-01-19-
dc.identifier.citationHallam, J. L. et al (2016) 'Communicating choice: an exploration of mothers' experiences of birth,' Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34 (2):175. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260en
dc.identifier.issn0264-6838-
dc.identifier.issn1469-672X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/619014-
dc.description.abstractBirth 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. This paper gives an in-depth insight into the ways in which communication between midwives and the birthing woman shape the birth experience. 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. 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. 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
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02646838.2015.1119260en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychologyen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectbirthen
dc.subjectactive motheren
dc.subjectqualitative methodsen
dc.titleCommunicating choice: an exploration of mothers’ experiences of birthen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUNiversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychologyen
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