What characterizes women who want to give birth as naturally as possible without painkillers or intervention?
2010 (English)In: Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives, ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 1, no 1, 21-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of pregnant women who wish to have as natural a birth as possible without analgesics and without intervention.
STUDY DESIGN: National cohort study.
SETTING: Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
POPULATION: 55,859 pregnant women booked for antenatal care in Norway 1999-2007.
METHODS: Data on women's interest in natural birth and a set of possible predictors were retrieved from a questionnaire completed at the 30th week of pregnancy and linked to the Medical Birth Registry of Norway.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Natural birth and the characteristics of pregnant women with such preferences.
RESULTS: Interest in natural childbirth was consistently expressed by 72%. Positive experience from previous pregnancies, first birth or third or later birth, no fear of giving birth, and reporting positive intra-psychic phenomena are significantly associated with the wish for natural birth.
CONCLUSIONS: Positive experiences from previous childbirths and no fear of giving birth are the strongest factors associated with a wish for as natural birth as possible and should be taken into consideration in public health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 1, no 1, 21-6 p.
Natural birth; Maternal request; Pregnancy trends; Antenatal care
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3682DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2009.09.001PubMedID: 21122592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3682DiVA: diva2:785602