The novice birthing: theorising first-time mothers' experiences of birth at home and in hospital in Australia

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dc.contributor.author Dahlen, HG
dc.contributor.author Barclay, LM
dc.contributor.author Homer, CSE
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:49:44Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02
dc.identifier.citation Midwifery, 2010, 26 (1), pp. 53 - 63
dc.identifier.issn 0266-6138
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/9448
dc.description.abstract Objective: to explore first-time mothers' experiences of birth at home and in hospital in Australia. Design: a grounded theory methodology was used. Data were generated from in-depth interviews with women in their own homes. Setting: Sydney, Australia. Participants: 19 women were interviewed. Seven women who gave in a public hospital and seven women who gave birth for the first time at home were interviewed and their experiences were contrasted with two mothers who gave birth for the first time in a birth centre, one mother who gave birth for the first time in a private hospital and two women who had given birth more than once. Findings: three categories emerged from the analysis: preparing for birth, the novice birthing and processing the birth. These women shared a common core experience of seeing that they gave birth as 'novices'. The basic social process running through their experience of birth, regardless of birth setting, was that, as novices, they were all 'reacting to the unknown'. The mediating factors that influenced the birth experiences of these first-time mothers were preparation, choice and control, information and communication, and support. The quality of midwifery care both facilitated and hindered these needs, contributing to the women's perceptions of being 'honoured'. The women who gave birth at home seemed to have more positive birth experiences. Implications for practice: identifying the novice status of first-time mothers and understanding the way in which they experience birth better explains previous research that reports unrealistic expectations and fear that may be associated with first-time birthing. It demonstrates how midwives can contribute to positive birth experiences by being aware that first-time mothers, irrespective of birth setting, are essentially reacting to the unknown as they negotiate the experience of birth. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.midw.2008.01.012
dc.subject Childbirth experience, Homebirth, Hospital, Midwives, Mothers, Primigravida, mothers, first birth, home birth, hospital birth, childbirth education, Nursing
dc.subject Childbirth experience; Homebirth; Hospital; Midwives; Mothers; Primigravida; mothers, first birth, home birth, hospital birth, childbirth education; Nursing
dc.title The novice birthing: theorising first-time mothers' experiences of birth at home and in hospital in Australia
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Midwifery
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 26
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 21 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 32 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
dc.personcode 044710 en_US
dc.personcode 100816 en_US
dc.personcode 995146 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Midwifery en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords mothers, first birth, home birth, hospital birth, childbirth education en_US
dc.description.keywords Childbirth experience
dc.description.keywords Homebirth
dc.description.keywords Hospital
dc.description.keywords Midwives
dc.description.keywords Mothers
dc.description.keywords Primigravida
dc.staffid 995146 en_US
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


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