It's beyond water: Stories of women's experience of using water for labour and birth

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dc.contributor.author Maude, RM
dc.contributor.author Foureur, MJ
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:39:07Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03
dc.identifier.citation Women and Birth, 2007, 20 (1), pp. 17 - 24
dc.identifier.issn 1871-5192
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5561
dc.description.abstract Purpose: This study aimed to give 'voice' to women's experiences of using water for labour and birth. Participants: Five women from a large urban region in New Zealand, who used water for labour and birth, at home and in hospital. Methods: The study employed an interpretive design using audio-taped conversations as the method of data collection and a thematic analysis of the women's stories. Findings: Data analysis produced two core categories; 'Getting to the water' which revealed the impact of preparing for and anticipating the water; and 'Getting into the water' which provided a sanctuary and a release from pain. Conclusion: The all-encompassing warmth associated with being enveloped in warm water cradled, supported, relaxed, comforted, soothed, sheltered and protected the women; it created a barrier and offered a sense of privacy. Water can be used in any form, even the act of thinking about, preparing for and anticipating the water opened possibilities for these women. The women used water to reduce their fear of pain and of childbirth itself; to cope with pain, not necessarily to remove or diminish pain; and to maintain control over the process of birth. The women indicated that it was not necessary to actually give birth in the water to achieve these benefits. Listening to the stories of women provides us with insights into what is important to them. Women's knowledge contributes an important part of the evidence on which we base our practice. © 2006 Australian College of Midwives.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.wombi.2006.10.005
dc.title It's beyond water: Stories of women's experience of using water for labour and birth
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Women and Birth
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 20
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 17 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 24 en_US
dc.cauo.name Midwifery, Child and Family Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1110 Nursing
dc.personcode 998369
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Experiences
dc.description.keywords Narrative
dc.description.keywords Water labour birth
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
pubs.consider-herdc true
utslib.collection.history Uncategorised (ID: 363)
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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