First-time mothers' wish for a planned caesarean section: deeply rooted emotions.
2013 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 29, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: international estimates suggest that caesarean section on maternal request range from 4% to 18% of all caesarean section. An increasing number of surveys have investigated women's reasons for a caesarean section in the absence of a medical indication but few studies have solely studied first-time mothers motivation for this request.
OBJECTIVE: to describe the underlying reasons for the desire for a caesarean section in the absence of medical indication in pregnant first-time mothers.
METHOD: a qualitative descriptive study, with content analysis of interviews with 12 first-time mothers.
FINDINGS: the overarching theme formulated to illustrate the central interpreted meaning of the underlying desire for a planned caesarean section was based on deeply rooted emotions'. Four categories were identified as related to the request for a caesarean section on maternal request. The categories was identified as 'always knowing that there are no other options than a caesarean section', 'caesarean section as a more controlled and safe way of having a baby', own negative experiences of health care and having problems dealing with other people's reaction about their mode of delivery.
CONCLUSION: the results show that for these first-time mothers deeply rooted emotions described as stronger than fear of birth were behind their wish for a planned caesarean section.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 29, no 5
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312165DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2012.02.009PubMedID: 22901601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-312165DiVA: diva2:1062405