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Fathers' birth experience in relation to midwifery care.
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PMID:  21216684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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.
Ingegerd Hildingsson; Linnea Cederlöf; Sara Widén
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-1799     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101266131     Medline TA:  Women Birth     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2010 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Health Science, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden; Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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