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Women’s reasons for, and experiences of, choosing a homebirth following a caesarean section

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, September 2015
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Title
Women’s reasons for, and experiences of, choosing a homebirth following a caesarean section
Published in
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, September 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0639-4
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Authors

Hazel Keedle, Virginia Schmied, Elaine Burns, Hannah G Dahlen

Abstract

Caesarean section is rising in the developed world and vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) is declining. There are increased reports of women seeking a homebirth following a caesarean section (HBAC) in Australia but little is known about the reasons for this study aimed to explore women's reasons for and experiences of choosing a HBAC. Twelve women participated in a semi-structured one-to-one interview. The interviews were digitally recorded, then transcribed verbatim. These data were analysed using thematic analysis. The overarching theme that emerged was 'It's never happening again'. Women clearly articulated why it [caesarean section] was never happening again under the following sub themes: 'treated like a piece of meat', 'I was traumatised by it for years', 'you can smell the fear in the room', 're-traumatised by the system'. They also described how it [caesarean section] was never happening again under the sub themes: 'getting informed and gaining confidence', 'avoiding judgment through selective telling', 'preparing for birth', 'gathering support' and 'all about safety but I came first'. The women then identified the impact of their HBAC under the subthemes 'I felt like superwoman' and 'there is just no comparison'. Birth intervention may cause physical and emotional trauma that can have a significant impact on some women. Inflexible hospital systems and inflexible attitudes around policy and care led some women to seek other options. Women report that achieving a HBAC has benefits for the relationship with their baby. VBAC policies and practices in hospitals need to be flexible to enable women to negotiate the care that they wish to have.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 120 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 23 19%
Student > Master 21 18%
Researcher 11 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 8%
Other 18 15%
Unknown 27 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 39 33%
Medicine and Dentistry 33 28%
Social Sciences 9 8%
Psychology 4 3%
Arts and Humanities 2 2%
Other 3 3%
Unknown 30 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 40. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 January 2022.
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#781,365
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Outputs from BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
#149
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#11,998
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
#1
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