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Fear of childbirth, women's preference for cesarean section and childhood abuse: a longitudinal study.
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PMID:  21275913     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Objective. To examine the association between childhood abuse and fear of childbirth and the wish for cesarean section during second pregnancy. Design. A longitudinal cohort study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Setting. Fifty maternity units in Norway, 1999-2006. Sample. We included 4,876 women who participated in the MoBa study during their first and second pregnancy. Methods. Postal questionnaires at 18 and 30 weeks' gestation and 6 months postpartum linked to the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. Main Outcome Measures. Associations between childhood abuse and women's fear of childbirth and preference for cesarean section during second pregnancy were assessed using regression analyses, adjusting for confounding factors such as mode of delivery and birth experience of first pregnancy. Results. Of 4,876 women, 1,023 (21%) reported some form of childhood abuse. Compared to women without a history of childhood abuse, childhood-abused women more frequently reported fear of childbirth (23% vs. 15%, p < 0.001) and the wish for cesarean section (6.4% vs. 4.0%, p < 0.002) during second pregnancy. The association between childhood abuse and fear of childbirth and preference for cesarean section remained significant after adjusting for mode of first delivery and experience of first birth (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 1.53, 95%CI 1.24-1.90 and 1.57, 1.09-2.27, respectively). Conclusion. Childhood abuse is associated with fear of childbirth and preference for cesarean section during second pregnancy. Mode of delivery and postpartum self-reported birth experience of the first pregnancy did not alter this association significantly.
Authors:
Mirjam Lukasse; Siri Vangen; Pål Oian; Berit Schei
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-11-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1600-0412     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-1-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370343     Medline TA:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  33-40     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2010 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica© 2010 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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University of Tromsø, Tromsø Department of Obstetrics and at Gynecology, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Oslo Norwegian Resource Centre for Women's Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Oslo Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital of North Norway, University of Tromsø, Tromsø Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tromsø, Tromsø Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway.
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