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Husbands' experiences of supporting their wives during childbirth in Nepal.
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PMID:  21129829     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: the husband's presence at childbirth is universally accepted in industrialised nations, but the concept is still new within the cultural values and norms of Nepalese society. Understanding the cultural context surrounding the feelings and needs of Nepalese husbands will help to initiate realistic maternity education programmes.
OBJECTIVE: to explore husbands' experiences of supporting their wives during childbirth.
METHOD: semi-structured interviews were conducted, and the data were analysed using thematic analysis.
SETTING: the Maternity and Neonatal Service Centre, a midwife-run birthing centre within a public maternity hospital in the capital of Nepal.
PARTICIPANTS: twelve first-time expectant Nepalese fathers who had supported their wives during childbirth were interviewed in July 2009, within seven days of the birth.
FINDINGS: six themes were identified to explain the mixed experiences of the husbands in the labour or delivery room: (1) being positive towards attendance; (2) hesitation; (3) poor emotional reactions; (4) being able to support; (5) the need to be mentally prepared and (6) enlightenment. Husbands reflected on their experiences positively, despite profound hesitation and overwhelming emotions.
CONCLUSIONS: the husbands' experiences revealed that Nepalese husbands tend to experience overwhelming emotional feelings in the labour or delivery room if they are allowed to attend the birth without prior preparation.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: counselling for couples and education from the start of the pregnancy may reduce negative emotional experiences and improve satisfaction with the childbirth experience for both husbands and wives.
Sabitri Sapkota; Toshio Kobayashi; Miyuki Takase
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-51     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Health Development, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3, Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551, Japan.
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