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Childbirth: an emotionally demanding experience for fathers
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9672-7698
2012 (English)In: Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives, ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 3, no 1, 11-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: While attending birth mostly has a positive impact on becoming a father, it has also been described as including feelings of discomfort and is more demanding than expected.

OBJECTIVE: The objective was to explore Swedish fathers' birth experiences, and factors associated with a less-positive birth experience.

METHODS: Mixed methods including quantitative and qualitative data were used. Two months after birth 827 fathers answered a questionnaire and 111 (13%) of these commented on the birth experience. Data were analysed with descriptive statistics, chi-square test for independence, risk ratios with a 95% confidence interval, logistic regression and content analysis.

RESULTS: In total, 604 (74%) of the fathers had a positive or very positive birth experience. Used method identified a less-positive birth experience associated with emergency caesarean section (RR 7.5; 4.1-13.6), instrumental vaginal birth (RR 4.2; 2.3-8.0), and dissatisfaction with the partner's medical care (RR 4.6; 2.7-7.8). Healthcare professionals' competence and approach to the fathers were also related to the birth experience.

CONCLUSIONS: As the fathers' birth experiences were associated with mode of birth and experiences of the intrapartum medical care fathers should be respectfully and empathically treated during labour and birth. It is essential to better engage fathers during the intrapartum period through involvement and support to improve the likelihood of a positive birth experience.

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2012. Vol. 3, no 1, 11-20 p.
Keyword [en]
Birth experience, Content analysis, Father, Healthcare professional, Mixed methods, Mode of birth
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-1126DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2011.12.003PubMedID: 22325797OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-1126DiVA: diva2:546022
Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2014-09-29Bibliographically approved

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