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dc.contributor.authorHallam, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorHoward, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorLocke, Abigail
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-04T11:38:51Z
dc.date.available2018-07-04T11:38:51Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-03
dc.identifier.citationHallam, J., Howard, C., Locke, A. and Thomas, M. (2018). Empowering women through the positive birth movement. Journal of Gender Studies. DOI. 10.1080/09589236.2018.1469972en
dc.identifier.issn09589236
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09589236.2018.1469972
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/622779
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.
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09589236.2018.1469972en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectCommunity actionen
dc.subjectHealth psychologyen
dc.subjectBirthen
dc.subjectFoucauldian discourse analysisen
dc.subjectWomenen
dc.titleEmpowering women through the positive birth movement.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bradforden
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Gender Studiesen
dc.internal.reviewer-note27/4/2018/LA Article not yet showing on journal website: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjgs20/currenten
html.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.


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