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dc.contributor.advisorGamble, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorToohill, Jocelyn
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-31T03:33:46Z
dc.date.available2018-08-31T03:33:46Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/366668
dc.description.abstractChildbirth fear has received considerable attention in Scandinavian countries, and the United Kingdom, but not in Australia. For first-time mothers, fear is often linked to a perceived lack of control and disbelief in the body’s ability to give birth safely, whereas multiparous women may be fearful as a result of previous negative and/or traumatic birth experiences. There have been few well-designed intervention studies to address women’s childbirth fear, support normal birth, and diminish the possibility of a negative birth experience. Purpose of Study The program of work aimed to determine the prevalence of childbirth fear in a large population based sample and identify factors associated with, and possible antenatal predictors of, childbirth fear (Study 1). Study 2 aimed to test the efficacy of a midwife-led psycho-education counselling intervention (known as BELIEF – Birth Emotions and Looking to Improve Expectant Fear) in reducing women’s antenatal childbirth fear. Method A total of 2,311 eligible women in their second trimester of pregnancy were approached while attending antenatal clinics at one of three hospitals in South East Queensland. Sixty one percent of women (n = 1,410) agreed to participate and completed the first questionnaire package which included a measure to screen for childbirth fear. Women reporting high childbirth fear (≥66 on the Wijma Delivery Expectancy / Experience Questionnaire - WDEQ) were randomly allocated to study groups. Women who were expected to have returned data by June 2013 within the ongoing BELIEF study were included in Study 2 (intervention n = 118 or control group n = 132).en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherGriffith Universityen_US
dc.publisher.placeBrisbaneen_US
dc.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.en_US
dc.subject.keywordsMidwiferyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsChild birth fearsen_US
dc.titleEffects of a Midwife-Led Psycho-Education Intervention on Birth Fear in Childbearing Womenen_US
dc.typeGriffith thesisen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Healthen_US
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dc.contributor.otheradvisorCreedy, Debra
dc.contributor.otheradvisorFenwick, Jenny
gro.identifier.gurtIDgu1429773337365en_US
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gro.source.GURTshelfnoGURTen_US
gro.thesis.degreelevelThesis (PhD Doctorate)en_US
gro.thesis.degreeprogramDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_US
gro.departmentSchool of Nursing and Midwiferyen_US
gro.griffith.authorToohill, Jocelyn


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