Socially disadvantaged women's views of barriers to feeling safe to engage in decision-making in maternity care

Lyn Ebert, Helen Bellchambers, Alison Ferguson, Jenny BROWNE

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Background: Although midwifery literature suggests that woman-centred care can improve the birthing experiences of women and birth outcomes for women and babies, recent research has identified challenges in supporting socially disadvantaged women to engage in decision-making regarding care options in order to attain a sense of control within their maternity care encounters. Objective: The objective of this paper is to provide an understanding of the issues that affect the socially disadvantaged woman's ability to actively engage in decision-making processes relevant to her care. Research design: The qualitative approach known as Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to gain an understanding of maternity care encounters as experienced by each of the following cohorts: socially disadvantaged women, registered midwives and student midwives. This paper focuses specifically on data from participating socially disadvantaged women that relate to the elements of woman-centred care-choice and control and their understandings of capacity to engage in their maternity care encounters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalWomen and Birth
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Ebert, Lyn ; Bellchambers, Helen ; Ferguson, Alison ; BROWNE, Jenny. / Socially disadvantaged women's views of barriers to feeling safe to engage in decision-making in maternity care. In: Women and Birth. 2014 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 132-137.
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In: Women and Birth, Vol. 27, No. 2, 2014, p. 132-137.

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