What women emphasise as important aspects of care in childbirth – an online survey
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Original versionVedeler, C., Nilsen, A. B. V., Blix, E., Downe, S., & Eri, T. S. (2021). What women emphasise as important aspects of care in childbirth – an online survey. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 10.1111/1471-0528.16926
Objective To explore and describe what women who have given birth in Norway emphasise as important aspects of care during childbirth. Design The study is based on data from the Babies Born Better online survey, version 2. Setting The maternity care system in Norway. Study population Women who gave birth in Norway between 2013 and 2018. Method Descriptive statistics were used to describe sample characteristics and to compare data from the B3 survey with national data from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. The open-ended questions were analysed with an inductive thematic analysis. Main outcome measures Themes developed from two open-ended questions. Results The final sample included 8401 women. There were no obvious differences between the sample population and the national population with respect to maternal age, marital status, parity, mode of birth and place of birth, except for the proportion of planned home births. Four themes and one overarching theme were identified; Compassionate and Respectful Care, A Family Focus, Sense of Continuity and Consistency, and Sense of Security. Overarching theme: Coherence in Childbearing. Conclusions Norwegian women across all birth settings emphasise maternity care that authentically focuses on both socio-cultural and psychological aspects of care, and physical and clinical factors. If the positive aspects of care identified in this study are adopted at all levels of the maternity care system and from all care providers, there is a high chance that most women will have a safe outcome, and a strong sense of coherence related to a positive birth and motherhood experience.