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Security associated with pregnancy and childbirth--experiences of pregnant women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11840577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to describe security associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Security was described as a human need and as human value. Data were collected in semi-structured interviews in two maternity health care clinics. Data interpretation was based on the method of content analysis. A convenience sample of 20 volunteer Finnish women was interviewed during pregnancy. The elements creating security associated with pregnancy and childbirth were maternity health care, social support, sense of control, and attitudes. The feeling of security was manifested in different resources, feelings and behavior. If the feeling of security associated with pregnancy and childbirth was impaired, the participants would resort to their network of social support, contact health care or social welfare services, or try to achieve a sense of security by their own resources. Feeling secure during pregnancy influences the pregnant woman's resources, feelings and behavior. It is important that professionals in maternity health care talk with the client about issues that influence her individually-experienced security associated with pregnancy and childbirth. These include examination of the client's network of social support and informing the client about the health care and social welfare services available.
H L Melender; S Lauri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0167-482X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-13     Completed Date:  2002-07-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8308648     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-39     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Extension Studies, University of Turku, 20014, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health*
Gender Identity
Infant, Newborn
Internal-External Control*
Pregnancy / psychology*
Prenatal Care
Social Support*

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