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Perceptions of primiparous women about the effect of childbirth preparation classes on their childbirth experience: A qualitative study

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: to evaluate the perceptions of primiparous women about the effect of childbirth preparation classes on their childbirth experience. Design: descriptive qualitative study. Participants and setting: 13 Iranian women who participated in childbirth preparation classes and had a vaginal delivery were interviewed. Measurements: semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. Findings: six main themes were extracted from the data analysis: incentive and learning about pregnancy and childbirth; active participation in labour; sense of self-control; use of non- medical pain relief methods during labour; preferring vaginal birth to caesarean section; and positive childbirth experience. Key conclusions: women reported that participation in childbirth preparation classes prepared them well for a vaginal birth, and these classes were perceived to be associated with a positive childbirth experience. Implications for practice: attendance at childbirth preparation classes is perceived to have a positive effect on vaginal birth. Therefore, encouraging and supporting women to attend the full course of classes has the potential to increase women's preference towards vaginal birth, resulting in a reduction in the caesarean section rate.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Hassanzadeh, R., Abbas-Alizadeh, F., Meedya, S., Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi, S., & Mirghafourvand, M. (2021). Perceptions of primiparous women about the effect of childbirth preparation classes on their childbirth experience: A qualitative study. Midwifery, 103. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2021.103154

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85116576897

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 103

Abstract


  • Objective: to evaluate the perceptions of primiparous women about the effect of childbirth preparation classes on their childbirth experience. Design: descriptive qualitative study. Participants and setting: 13 Iranian women who participated in childbirth preparation classes and had a vaginal delivery were interviewed. Measurements: semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. Findings: six main themes were extracted from the data analysis: incentive and learning about pregnancy and childbirth; active participation in labour; sense of self-control; use of non- medical pain relief methods during labour; preferring vaginal birth to caesarean section; and positive childbirth experience. Key conclusions: women reported that participation in childbirth preparation classes prepared them well for a vaginal birth, and these classes were perceived to be associated with a positive childbirth experience. Implications for practice: attendance at childbirth preparation classes is perceived to have a positive effect on vaginal birth. Therefore, encouraging and supporting women to attend the full course of classes has the potential to increase women's preference towards vaginal birth, resulting in a reduction in the caesarean section rate.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Hassanzadeh, R., Abbas-Alizadeh, F., Meedya, S., Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi, S., & Mirghafourvand, M. (2021). Perceptions of primiparous women about the effect of childbirth preparation classes on their childbirth experience: A qualitative study. Midwifery, 103. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2021.103154

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85116576897

Web Of Science Accession Number


Volume


  • 103