Pre-and postpartum levels of childbirth fear and the relationship to birth outcomes in a cohort of Australian women

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Show simple item record Fenwick, JH Gamble, J Nathan, E Bayes, S Hacuk, Y 2010-05-28T09:50:45Z 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 2009, 18 (5), pp. 667 - 677
dc.identifier.issn 0962-1067
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract Aim. To investigate pre- and postpartum levels of childbirth fear in a cohort of childbearing women and explore the relationship to birth outcomes. Background. While results are mixed, there is evidence that fear of childbirth is associated with mode of birth. Limited theoretical work around childbirth fear has been undertaken with Australian women. Design. A prospective correlation design. Method. Women (n = 401) completed the Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire (W-DEQ) version A at 36 weeks gestation, with 243 (61%) women also completing version B at six weeks postpartum. Scores were summarised with means and standard deviations. Content analysis of the free statements identified nine issues of concern. Results. Twenty-six per cent of pregnant women reported low levels of childbirth fear, 48% were moderately fearful and 26% were highly fearful. Fear decreased after birth for those women in the high antenatal fear group, however surgical intervention at birth (n = 238, ANOVA, F1,230 = 12[middle dot]39, p = 0[middle dot]001) and suspected fetal compromise (F1,230 = 4[middle dot]33, p = 0[middle dot]039) increased levels of postpartum fear. Univariately, high antenatal fear was associated with emergency caesarean delivery (n = 324, Wald 5[middle dot]05, p = 0[middle dot]025) however after adjustment for nulliparity and fetal compromise the association disappeared.
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02568.x
dc.title Pre-and postpartum levels of childbirth fear and the relationship to birth outcomes in a cohort of Australian women
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal Of Clinical Nursing
dc.journal.volume 5
dc.journal.volume 18
dc.journal.number 5 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, United Kingdom en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 667 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 677 en_US Midwifery, Child and Family Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 111006 Midwifery
dc.personcode 044296
dc.percentage 100 en_US Midwifery 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, intervention, midwifery, nurses, nursing en_US
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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