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dc.contributor.authorFenwick, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.authorStaff, Lynetteen_US
dc.contributor.authorGamble, Jenniferen_US
dc.contributor.authorK. Creedy, Debraen_US
dc.contributor.authorBayes, Saraen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T08:44:33Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T08:44:33Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.modified2011-02-28T10:02:16Z
dc.identifier.issn0266-6138en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.midw.2008.10.011en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/36642
dc.description.abstractBackground and context a growing number of childbearing women are reported to prefer a caesarean section in the absence of a medical reason. Qualitative research describing factors influencing this preference in pregnant women is lacking. Objective to describe Australian women's request for caesarean section in the absence of medical indicators in their first pregnancy. Design advertisements were placed in local newspapers inviting women to participate in a telephone interview exploring women's experience of caesarean section. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data. Setting two states of Australia: Queensland and Western Australia. Participants a community sample of women (n=210) responded to the advertisements. This paper presents the findings elicited from interviews conducted with 14 women who requested a caesarean section during their first pregnancy in the absence of a known medical indication. Findings childbirth fear, issues of control and safety, and a devaluing of the female body and birth process were the main themes underpinning women's requests for a non-medically-indicated caesarean section. Women perceived that medical discourses supported and reinforced their decision as a 'safe' and 'responsible' choice. Key conclusions and recommendations for practice these findings assist women and health professionals to better understand how childbirth can be constructed as a fearful event. In light of the evidence about the risks associated with surgical birth, health-care professionals need to explore these perceptions with women and develop strategies to promote women's confidence and competence in their ability to give birth naturally.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom394en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto400en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalMidwiferyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume26en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111099en_US
dc.titleWhy do women request caesarean section in a normal, healthy first pregnancy?en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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