An exploratory study of mothers perceptions and experiences of an unplanned Caesarean section / Samantha Lynne Roux

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dc.contributor.author Roux, Samantha Lynne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-05T13:37:33Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-05T13:37:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/4943
dc.description Thesis (M.Sc. (Clinical Psychology))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2011.
dc.description.abstract Objective The present study aimed to explore women's perceptions and experiences of childbirth by unplanned Caesarean section. Background New motherhood is characterised as a profound change, and research suggests that the psychological effects of childbirth can be significant and far–reaching for some women. The processes occurring during a traumatic birth experience could affect a woman's emotional and psychological state, and she may experience considerable adjustment difficulties in adapting to unfulfilled expectations of delivering her baby naturally. Methods In–depth interviews explored 10 women's lived experiences of childbirth, after which thematic content analysis was used to synthesise data. The elements of phenomenological theory served as a broad framework for the structuring, organizing and categorizing of data, with interpretation aimed at gaining a greater understanding of women's internalised childbirth accounts. Findings Women described their contact with medical personnel, as well as the physical, environmental, and emotional aspects of their unplanned Caesarean sections, as distressing and traumatic. A sense of loss of control was the most significant contributor to women's negative childbirth experiences. Feelings of failure and disappointment were primarily related to unmet expectations and a lack of preparedness. Negative experiences were mediated by attentive caregiving, inclusion in decision–making, and support from loved ones. en_US
dc.publisher North-West University
dc.subject Subjective perceptions en_US
dc.subject Childbirth experience en_US
dc.subject Adjustment en_US
dc.subject Phenomenological research en_US
dc.subject Failed natural birth en_US
dc.subject Interpretive phenomenology en_US
dc.subject Mothers' experiences en_US
dc.subject Mothers' perceptions en_US
dc.subject Qualitative research en_US
dc.subject Unplanned Caesarean section en_US
dc.subject Subjektiewe persepsies en_US
dc.subject Kinderboorte ervarings en_US
dc.subject Onbeplande keisersnit en_US
dc.subject Aanpassing en_US
dc.subject Fenomenologiese navorsing en_US
dc.title An exploratory study of mothers perceptions and experiences of an unplanned Caesarean section / Samantha Lynne Roux en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesistype Masters en_US

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