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Women's experiences of fear of childbirth: a metasynthesis of qualitative studies
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3195-5702
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg.
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2020 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 15, article id 1704484Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Women’s experiences of pregnancy, labour and birth are for some pregnant women negative and they develop a fear of childbirth, which can have consequences for their wellbeing and health. The aim was to synthesize qualitative literature to deepen the understanding of women’s experiences of fear of childbirth.

Methods: A systematic literature search and a meta-synthesis that included 14 qualitative papers.

Results: The main results demonstrate a deepened understanding of women’s experiences of fear of childbirth interpreted through the metaphor “being at a point of no return”. Being at this point meant that the women thought there was no turning back from their situation, further described in the three themes: To suffer consequences from traumatic births, To lack warranty and understanding, and To face the fear.

Conclusions: Women with fear of childbirth are need of support that can meet their existential issues about being at this point of no return, allowing them to express and integrate their feelings, experiences and expectations during pregnancy, childbirth and after birth.

Women with fear after birth, i.e., after an earlier negative birth experience, need support that enables them to regain trust in maternity care professionals and their willingness to provide them with good care that offers the support that individual women require. Women pregnant for the first time require similar support to reassure them that other’s experiences will not happen to them.

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2020. Vol. 15, article id 1704484
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Fear after childbirth, fear of childbirth, meta-synthesis, requests for caesarean section, women experience
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22319DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1704484Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076759406OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-22319DiVA, id: diva2:1381439
Available from: 2019-12-20 Created: 2019-12-20 Last updated: 2020-01-10Bibliographically approved

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