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To challenge oneself as a childbearing woman—the lived experience of vaginal birth after caesarean section in Sweden
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3195-5702
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 14, article id 1605784Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: There is a need to gain deeper knowledge about women’s experience of vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC). Considerable research has been conducted on VBAC; however, only a few qualitative studies focus on women’s experiences. Therefore, the aim of this study was to describe the lived experiences of VBAC among women resident in Sweden, a country with a high VBAC rate.

Method: This studywas performed in accordance with a phenomenological reflective lifeworld approach. Interviews were conducted with nine women in an urban region of Sweden one year after their VBAC birth.

Results: The essential meaning of the studied phenomenon is “to challenge oneself as a childbearing woman”, which is further described by its four constituents: “striving for support from professionals”, “desiring the experience”, “contrasting and comparing memories of two different births” and “being part of the birthing culture”.

Conclusions: The experience of VBAC meant regained trust in the ability to give birth vaginally. The women lacked follow-up and support after the caesarean section (CS), during the subsequent pregnancy and the forthcoming VBAC. Enhanced support could be a key factor in helping women meeting the challenge and feel confident about giving birth vaginally despite their previous experiences of CS.

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2019. Vol. 14, article id 1605784
Keywords [en]
VBAC, Women, caesarean section, childbirth, experiences, phenomenology
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Människan i vården
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22323DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1605784ISI: 000466720900001PubMedID: 31046655Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065307046OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-22323DiVA, id: diva2:1381444
Available from: 2019-12-20 Created: 2019-12-20 Last updated: 2020-01-10Bibliographically approved

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