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Qualitative study of women's experiences of safe childbirth in maternity care
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level. University of South-Eastern Norway, Centre for Women's, Family and Child Health, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kongsberg, Norway.
University of South-Eastern Norway, Centre for Women's, Family and Child Health, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kongsberg, Norway.
The University of Tokyo, Department of Midwifery and Women's Health, Tokyo, Japan.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0305-8649
2018 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 331-337Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Few studies have focused on women's childbirth experiences in relation to patient safety. The aim of this study was to explore the meaning of safety as a process phenomenon by outlining women's positive and negative experiences of safety in childbirth. A descriptive explorative design was chosen and 16 interviews were conducted. Qualitative content analysis was used. One main theme emerged: safe childbirth through involvement and guidance, based on four subthemes. The characteristics of women's experiences of safe childbirth included the need to be informed and involved by sharing and receiving trustworthy information. Women's experiences of unsafe childbirth included lack of meaningful and trustworthy information that resulted in feelings of being misled or lulled into a false sense of security. Not being involved evoked feelings of being ignored. In conclusion, this study highlights issues of importance for safe maternity care. The perspectives of childbearing women can contribute to an understanding of how to achieve meaningful improvements to provide safer maternity care.

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2018. Vol. 20, no 3, p. 331-337
Keywords [en]
Childbirth, maternity care, qualitative content analysis, safe childbirth, women's experience
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12873DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12558ISI: 000447154800011PubMedID: 30133927Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052616386OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12873DiVA, id: diva2:1251442
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First published: 22 August 2018

Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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