Lookup NU author(s): Allison Farnworth,
Professor Pauline Pearson
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Women who have had a caesarean birth face a decision about how to deliver their baby in a subsequent pregnancy. This paper describes a qualitative study exploring the decision making experience of such women. Eleven pregnant women who had had a caesarean section in their previous pregnancy took part in semi-structured interviews one to three days after they had made a choice about mode of delivery. A thematic analysis of the transcripts revealed that most women felt they had made a choice about delivery method, though the extent of involvement in the decision differed. Making choices about delivery after a previous caesarean birth was influenced by a number of people and other factors and it involved assessment of information from previous experiences and trusted others. Medical information about risk/benefit was considered alongside beliefs about birth and moral concerns about the ‘correct’ choices to make.
Author(s): Farnworth A, Pearson P
Publication type: Article
Journal: British Journal of Midwifery
ISSN (print): 0969-4900
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.