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Fathers' birth experience in relation to midwifery care
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6985-6729
Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
2011 (English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 129-136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to identify the proportion of fathers having a positive experience of a normal birth and to explore factors related to midwifery care that were associated with a positive experience. Background: Research has mainly focused on the father's supportive role during childbirth rather than his personal experiences of birth. Methods: 595 new fathers living in a northern part of Sweden, whose partner had a normal birth, were included in the study. Data was collected by questionnaires. Odds Ratios with 95% confidence interval and logistic regression analysis were used. Results: The majority of fathers (82%) reported a positive birth experience. The strongest factors associated with a positive birth experience were midwife support (OR 4.0; 95 CI 2.0-8.1), the midwife's ongoing presence in the delivery room (OR 2.0; 1.1-3.9), and information about the progress of labour (OR 3.1; 1.6-5.8). Conclusion: Most fathers had a positive birth experience. Midwifery support, the midwife's presence and sufficient information about the progress of labour are important aspects in a father's positive birth experience. The role of the midwife during birth is important to the father, and his individual needs should be considered in order to enhance a positive birth experience.

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2011. Vol. 24, no 3, p. 129-136
Keywords [en]
Childbirth; Experience; Fathers; Normal birth; Support
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11451DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2010.12.003ISI: 000208666700006PubMedID: 21216684Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79960890186OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-11451DiVA, id: diva2:312474
Available from: 2010-04-25 Created: 2010-04-25 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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