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dc.contributor.authorJohansson, Margareta
dc.contributor.authorHildingsson, Ingegerd
dc.contributor.authorFenwick, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:25:57Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:25:57Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.modified2014-01-22T23:05:36Z
dc.identifier.issn02666138
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.midw.2012.09.009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/55943
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: to describe and explore fathers' experiences of their partner's caesarean section birth. DESIGN: a qualitative descriptive design was employed. A self-selected sample of 22 Swedish fathers who had experienced an elective or emergency caesarean section agreed to participate. Men were interviewed by telephone seven to 16 months after the birth of their baby. Thematic analysis and the techniques of constant comparison were used to analyse the data. FINDINGS: men were generally worried about the health and well-being of their baby and partner regardless of birth mode. As the reality of the caesarean section approached men's anxiety escalated and remained high during the procedure. The rapid nature of surgical birth was therefore considered as an advantage; once the baby was born and cried men's fear dissipated. Four factors were identified that mediated the men's experience. Men's perceptions of control, preparedness and how the health-care team behaved and interacted with them were integral to their experience. Knowing the date and time of birth also mediated the experience by providing a sense of certainty to men's experiences of the caesarean birth. KEY CONCLUSIONS: caesarean section was considered as a routine and safe procedure that offered most fathers a sense of certainty, control and safety lessening their sense of responsibility over ensuring a healthy baby. The communication patterns of staff played a key role in ensuring a positive caesarean birth experience. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: ensuring that men have a positive birth experience, regardless of birth mode, is important for family functioning. However the findings also lend insight into how men may reframe caesarean birth as normal and safe. This may have implications for decision making around birth mode in a subsequent pregnancy further impacting on rising repeat caesarean section rates. Health-care professionals need to provide balanced information about the risks associated with caesarean birth. Any potential benefits need to be contextualised to the pregnant woman's own individual situation. Where possible, and appropriate, professional discourses should support vaginal birth as the safest option for a woman and her baby.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1041
dc.relation.ispartofpageto1049
dc.relation.ispartofissue9
dc.relation.ispartofjournalMidwifery
dc.relation.ispartofvolume29
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMidwifery
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPaediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111006
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1110
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1114
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.titleImportant factors working to mediate Swedish fathers' experiences of a caesarean section
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2013
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorFenwick, Jennifer H.


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