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dc.contributor.authorBaptie, G
dc.contributor.authorMueller Januário, E
dc.contributor.authorNorman, A
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-11T11:51:18Z
dc.date.issued2021-12-02
dc.identifier.issn0969-4900
dc.identifier.issn2052-4307
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/18317
dc.description.abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Background</jats:title><jats:p> Approximately one-third of women reflect on childbirth as a traumatic experience and the way women appraise their birth experience is significant to their postnatal wellbeing. This study aimed to identify and compare experiences of childbirth for mothers who reflect on birth as a traumatic or non-traumatic event. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Methods</jats:title><jats:p> Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 mothers in the postpartum period who appraised their birth as either traumatic or non-traumatic. The data were analysed using thematic analysis to elicit themes and subthemes. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Results</jats:title><jats:p> Thematic analysis revealed two contrasting themes relating to whether women felt empowered or powerless during birth. Empowerment was associated with women's trust in their maternity care, the sense of control they felt over their body and birth and the extent to which they felt informed of their options. Being powerless was associated with distrust towards healthcare services, feeling as though they lacked control over the process and feeling ‘in the dark’ about what was happening. </jats:p></jats:sec><jats:sec><jats:title>Conclusions</jats:title><jats:p> Women's sense of empowerment during birth is an important contributor to the appraisal of childbirth as a traumatic or non-traumatic experience. Empowerment is largely determined by the dynamic between a mother and the support around her. </jats:p></jats:sec>

dc.format.extent674-682
dc.languageen
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherMark Allen Healthcare
dc.subject4204 Midwifery
dc.subject42 Health Sciences
dc.subjectPediatric
dc.subject8.1 Organisation and delivery of services
dc.subject8 Health and social care services research
dc.subjectReproductive health and childbirth
dc.subject3 Good Health and Well Being
dc.subject5 Gender Equality
dc.titleEmpowered or powerless? Contributing factors to women’s appraisal of traumatic childbirth
dc.typejournal-article
plymouth.issue12
plymouth.volume29
plymouth.publisher-urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.12.674
plymouth.publication-statusPublished
plymouth.journalBritish Journal of Midwifery
dc.identifier.doi10.12968/bjom.2021.29.12.674
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Health
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Health/School of Psychology
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/REF 2021 Researchers by UoA
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/REF 2021 Researchers by UoA/UoA04 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
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plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups/Centre for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups/Centre for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)/Behaviour
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dcterms.dateAccepted2021-11-01
dc.rights.embargodate9999-12-31
dc.identifier.eissn2052-4307
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