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South African mothers' perceptions and experiences of an unplanned caesarean section

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dc.contributor.author Roux, Samantha Lynne
dc.contributor.author Van Rensburg, Esme
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-31T05:09:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-31T05:09:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Roux, S.L. & Van Rensburg, E. 2011. South African mothers' perceptions and experiences of an unplanned caesarean section. Journal of psychology in Africa, 21(3):429-438. [http://www.elliottfitzpatrick.com/jpa.html] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1433-0237
dc.identifier.issn 1815-5626 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7674
dc.description.abstract 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. This study explored women's perceptions and experiences of childbirth by unplanned Caesarean section. In-depth interviews with 10 Caucasian women (mean age=28; SD=1.97) explored their lived experiences of childbirth. Data were analyzed thematically. Phenomenological theory served as a broad framework for the structuring, organizing and categorizing of data. An unplanned Caesarean section was identified as a potentially traumatic experience. This was in relation to women's contact with medical personnel, as well as the physical, environmental, and emotional aspects of their unplanned Caesarean sections. 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.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elliott & Fitzpatrick en_US
dc.subject Failed natural birth en_US
dc.subject interpretive phenomenology en_US
dc.subject mothers' experiences en_US
dc.subject qualitative research en_US
dc.subject unplanned caesarean section en_US
dc.title South African mothers' perceptions and experiences of an unplanned caesarean section en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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