How social context impacts on women's fears of childbirth: A Western Australian example

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dc.contributor.author Fisher, Colleen en_US
dc.contributor.author Hauck, Yvonne en_US
dc.contributor.author Fenwick, Jennifer en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-15T07:28:21Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-15T07:28:21Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier 2008006785 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Fisher Colleen, Hauck Yvonne, and Fenwick Jennifer 2006, 'How social context impacts on women's fears of childbirth: A Western Australian example', Pergamon, Elseiver, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 64-75. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/12905
dc.description.abstract This paper addresses the limited sociological understanding of the phenomena of childbirth fear using data from a qualitative research project conducted in Western Australia. This qualitative study used an exploratory descriptive design, with 22 women identified as being fearful of birth participating in an in-depth interview. Data analysis using the method of constant comparison revealed that social context, explored within the framework of the medicalisation of childbirth, and the intervening circumstances in which the women gave birth, impacted on how and why they experienced fear. As such, this paper argues that fear of childbirth has social as well as personal dimensions and is both a prospective and retrospective phenomena. The analysis identified prospective fear as both social and personal. The social dimensions were labelled as `fear of the unknown?, `horror stories? and `general fear for the well-being of the baby?. Personal dimensions included the `fear of pain?, `losing control and disempowerment? and `uniqueness of each birth?. Retrospective fear was exclusively personal and was clustered around the themes of `previous horror birth? and `speed of birth?. The analysis also revealed two central factors that mediated against childbirth fear: positive relationships formed with midwives, and the support women received from their informal network. Understanding and unpacking the dimensions of women?s childbirth fear, and understanding the nature of relationships that mediate women?s fear, provides health care professionals with information on which to base potential intervention strategies and support women in ways that lessen rather than heighten their fear. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Pergamon, Elseiver en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.11.065 en_US
dc.title How social context impacts on women's fears of childbirth: A Western Australian example en_US
dc.parent Social Science & Medicine en_US
dc.journal.volume 63 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, United Kingdom en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 64 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 75 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 111700 en_US
dc.personcode 0000052076 en_US
dc.personcode 0000052061 en_US
dc.personcode 044296 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Public Health and Health Services en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Australia; Childbirth; Women?s fear; Medicalisation en_US
dc.staffid 044296 en_US


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