The influence of childbirth expectations on Western Australian women's perceptions of their birth

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Midwifery, 2007, 23 pp. 235 - 247
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Objectives to explore and describe the influence of childbirth expectations on women's perception of their birthing experience and expectations for subsequent births. This was the second phase of a study, the purpose of which its purpose was to determine the childbirth expectations of a cohort of Western Australian women and ascertain factors that influenced these expectations. Design a qualitative study which used an exploratory descriptive design. Data were collected from in-depth individual interviews. Setting Perth, Western Australia. Participants 20 women, 11 primiparae and nine multiparae, who between them had experienced 31 births. These women had participated in phase one when they were either pregnant or had birthed within the preceding 12 months. Phase two interviews occurred 56 months after phase one.
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