Cesarean Birth Outside the Natural Childbirth Culture

Authors

  • Margarete Sandelowski,

    1. coordinator of the graduate program in Parent-Child Health Center at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. Rosa Bustamante is instructor of nursing at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans Louisiana.
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  • Rosa Bustamante

    1. coordinator of the graduate program in Parent-Child Health Center at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. Rosa Bustamante is instructor of nursing at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans Louisiana.
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Abstract

The meaning of cesarean birth to women who are not typical members of the natural childbirth culture was examined. Fifty women who received obstetric care in a public inner-city hospital serving the medically indigent and who sought minimal preparation for childbirth were interviewed. The findings suggest that the women used distancing behaviors prenatally and postdelivery to cope with the idea and reality of cesarean birth. In addition, the women did not display the psychic wounding following cesarean birth reported by natural childbirth followers.

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