Multiparous women's confidence to have a publicly-funded homebirth: a qualitative study

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dc.contributor.author Catling-Paull Christine en_US
dc.contributor.author Dahlen Hannah en_US
dc.contributor.author Homer Caroline en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-10T06:09:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-10T06:09:06Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2009007726 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Catling-Paull Christine, Dahlen Hannah, and Homer Caroline 2011, 'Multiparous women's confidence to have a publicly-funded homebirth: a qualitative study', Elsevier Inc, vol. 24, pp. 122-128. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1871-5192 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/16918
dc.description.abstract Background Hospital birth is commonly thought to be a safer option than homebirth, despite many studies showing similar rates of safety for low risk mothers and babies when cared for by qualified midwives with systems of back-up in place. Recently in Australia, demand has led to the introduction of a small number of publicly-funded homebirth programs. Women's confidence in having a homebirth through a publicly-funded homebirth program in Australia has not yet been explored. Aim The aim of the study was to explore the reasons why multiparous women feel confident to have a homebirth within a publicly-funded model of care in Australia. Methods Ten multiparous English-speaking women who chose to have a homebirth with the St George Hospital Homebirth Program were interviewed in the postnatal period using semi-structured, open-ended questions. Interviews were transcribed, then a thematic analysis was undertaken. Results Women, having already experienced a normal birth, demonstrated a strong confidence in their ability to give birth at home and described a confidence in their bodies, their midwives, and the health system. Women weighed up the risks of homebirth through information they gathered and integration with their previous experience of birth, their family support and self-confidence. Discussion Women choosing publicly-funded homebirth display strong confidence in both themselves to give birth at home, and their belief in the health system's ability to cope with any complications that may arise. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Inc en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2010.09.001 en_US
dc.rights NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Women and Birth. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Women and Birth, [Volume 24, Issue 3, September 2011, Pages 122–128] DOI#http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2010.09.001
dc.title Multiparous women's confidence to have a publicly-funded homebirth: a qualitative study en_US
dc.parent Women and Birth en_US
dc.journal.volume 24 en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 122 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 128 en_US
dc.cauo.name NMH.Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 119900 en_US
dc.personcode 995204;101996;995146 en_US
dc.percentage 000100 en_US
dc.classification.name Other Medical and Health Sciences 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 Childbirth; Homebirth; Risk; Confidence; Decision-making en_US
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