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Preparing for the First Birth: Mothers' Experiences at Home and in Hospital in Australia

Dahlen, H., Barclay, Lesley and Homer, C. (2008). Preparing for the First Birth: Mothers' Experiences at Home and in Hospital in Australia. Journal of Perinatal Education,17(4):21-32.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 83393865xPUB31
Title Preparing for the First Birth: Mothers' Experiences at Home and in Hospital in Australia
Author Dahlen, H.
Barclay, Lesley
Homer, C.
Journal Name Journal of Perinatal Education
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 17
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1058-1243   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 21
End Page 32
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication US
Publisher Lamaze International
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The aim of this research was to explore the experiences of a group of first-time mothers who had given birth at home or in hospital in Australia. Data were generated from in-depth interviews with 19 women and analyzed using a grounded theory approach. One of the categories to emerge from the analysis, “Preparing for Birth,” is discussed in this article. Preparing for Birth consisted of two subcategories, “Finding a Childbirth Setting” and “Setting Up Birth Expectations,” which were mediated by beliefs, convenience, finances, reputation, imagination, education and knowledge, birth stories, and previous life experiences. Overall, the women who had planned home births felt more prepared for birth and were better supported by their midwives compared with women who had planned hospital births.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812408X364143   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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