How social context impacts on women's fears of childbirth: A Western Australian example

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Show simple item record Fisher, C Hauck, Y Fenwick, JH 2010-07-15T07:28:21Z 2006-01
dc.identifier.citation Social Science & Medicine, 2006, 63 (1), pp. 64 - 75
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper addresses the limited sociological understanding of the phenomena of childbirth fear using data from a qualitative research project conducted in Western Australia. This qualitative study used an exploratory descriptive design, with 22 women identified as being fearful of birth participating in an in-depth interview. Data analysis using the method of constant comparison revealed that social context, explored within the framework of the medicalisation of childbirth, and the intervening circumstances in which the women gave birth, impacted on how and why they experienced fear. As such, this paper argues that fear of childbirth has social as well as personal dimensions and is both a prospective and retrospective phenomena. The analysis identified prospective fear as both social and personal. The social dimensions were labelled as `fear of the unknown, `horror stories and `general fear for the well-being of the baby. Personal dimensions included the `fear of pain, `losing control and disempowerment and `uniqueness of each birth. Retrospective fear was exclusively personal and was clustered around the themes of `previous horror birth and `speed of birth. The analysis also revealed two central factors that mediated against childbirth fear: positive relationships formed with midwives, and the support women received from their informal network. Understanding and unpacking the dimensions of womens childbirth fear, and understanding the nature of relationships that mediate womens fear, provides health care professionals with information on which to base potential intervention strategies and support women in ways that lessen rather than heighten their fear.
dc.publisher Pergamon, Elseiver
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.11.065
dc.title How social context impacts on women's fears of childbirth: A Western Australian example
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Social Science & Medicine
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 63
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, United Kingdom en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 64 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 75 en_US FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1117 Public Health and Health Services
dc.personcode 044296
dc.percentage 100 en_US Public Health and Health Services en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Australia; Childbirth; Women?s fear; Medicalisation en_US
dc.description.keywords Australia
dc.description.keywords Childbirth
dc.description.keywords Womens fear
dc.description.keywords Medicalisation
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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