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Factors independently related to a negative birth experience in first-time mothers.
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PMID:  21439526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of personality, socio-demographic and obstetric factors on birth experience in a cohort of healthy first-time mothers. A second aim was to compare a visual analogue scale and Wijma Delivery Experience Questionnaire B as instruments evaluating birth experience.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: In total, 541 women were prospectively followed from the end of pregnancy until 9months postpartum. Socio-demographic, psychological and somatic data as well as personality characteristics were collected. Experience of delivery was measured with a visual analogue scale and with Wijma Delivery Experience Questionnaire B. Sixty-three variables were considered to be associated with the experience of delivery. Nineteen of these, found to be significantly associated with birth experience, were entered in a logistic regression analysis.
RESULTS: The logistic regression analysis showed that a memory of pain during birth, high usage of analgesics postpartum, long hospital stay, worry in late pregnancy and high self-rated irritation were related to a more negative birth experience, while high confidence in the midwife was related to a more positive experience. The correlation between experiences of delivery rated by Wijma Delivery Experience Questionnaire B and the visual analogue scale was 0.52 (p<0.001).
CONCLUSION: To help women to cope with pain during and after birth could be an important factor to improve birth experience. Even though the correlation between the visual analogue scale and Wijma Delivery Experience Questionnaire B was moderate, the visual analogue scale could be used as a simple method for screening of birth experience.
Christina Larsson; Sissel Saltvedt; Gunnar Edman; Ingela Wiklund; Ellika Andolf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1877-5764     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Reprod Healthc     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101530546     Medline TA:  Sex Reprod Healthc     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karolinska Institutet, Danderyd Hospital, SE-182 88 Stockholm, Sweden.
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