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Taking the matter into one's own hands - Women's experiences of unassisted homebirths in Sweden.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
2017 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 11, p. 31-35, article id S1877-5756(16)30139-2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: There are no national guidelines or financial support for planned homebirths in Sweden. Some women choose to give birth at home without the assistance of a midwife. The objective of this study was to describe eight women's experience of unassisted planned homebirth in Sweden.

DESIGN: Women who had the experience of an unassisted planned home birth were interviewed. The material was analysed using a phenomenological approach.

RESULTS: The essential meaning of the phenomenon giving birth at home without the assistance of a midwife is understood as a conflict between, on one hand, inner responsibility, power and control and on the other hand insecurity in relation to the outside, to other people and to the social system. A wish to be cared for by a midwife is in conflict with the fear of not maintaining integrity and respect in this precious moment of birth.

CONCLUSION: Some women may be more sensitive to attitudes and activities that are routinely performed during pregnancy and childbirth and therefore choose not to turn to any representatives of the medical system. The challenge should be to provide safe care to all women so that assistance from a midwife becomes a reality in all settings.

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2017. Vol. 11, p. 31-35, article id S1877-5756(16)30139-2
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Home childbirth, Midwifery, Phenomenology, Unassisted birth
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15239DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.09.005ISI: 000394066700006PubMedID: 28159125Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84988900386OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-15239DiVA, id: diva2:1258493
Available from: 2018-10-24 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2018-11-20Bibliographically approved

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