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'As long as they are safe- birth mode does not matter' Swedish fathers' experiences of decision-making around caesarean section
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences. Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet Södersjukhuset, SE-118 83 Stockholm, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences. Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6985-6729
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Maternity and Family Unit, Griffith University.
2014 (English)In: Women and Birth, ISSN 1871-5192, E-ISSN 1878-1799, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 208-213Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Decision-making in childbirth involves considerations about both the mother and her unborn baby's wellbeing. For men the safety of both is paramount. Aim: To explore and describe Swedish fathers' beliefs and attitudes around the decision for a caesarean section. Methods: Qualitative descriptive study. Twenty one Swedish men whose partners had experienced elective or emergency caesarean participated in a telephone interview. Thematic data analysis was used. Findings: The theme, 'Childbirth is Risky', included "Caesarean birth has lots of advantages" and "Birth mode does not matter". In the context of having experienced a caesarean section male partners considered birth mode to be irrelevant. The majority considered caesarean to be a quick and efficient way of giving birth which equated to being safer. Most men could articulate some risks associated with caesarean but these were mainly minimised. The second theme, 'Simply a matter of trust: Birth mode is not my decision', reflected men's belief that they had little to contribute to the decisions made around birth mode. The decision for a caesarean section was considered to lie with the medical practitioner. Conclusion: Mode of birth was regarded as unimportant. The recommendation for a caesarean section was readily accepted and appreciated, and shifted responsibility for birth to the medical practitioner. Involving men in the decision-making process by means of giving them information was valued. Men's limited knowledge about the risks of a caesarean may contribute to birth mode decisions. Professionals need to provide balanced and correct information within the context of individual circumstances.

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2014. Vol. 27, no 3, p. 208-213
Keywords [en]
Caesarean section, Decision-making process, Experiences, Fathers, Qualitative study
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-17528DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.03.003ISI: 000342350000010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905739246OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-17528DiVA, id: diva2:573305
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Available online 2 May 2014.

Available from: 2012-11-30 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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