Experiences of women who have a vaginal birth after requesting a Cesarean section due to a fear of birth: A biographical, narrative, interpretative study
Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Nursing & Health Sciences
Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 269–274, September 2011
How to Cite
Ramvi, E. and Tangerud, M. (2011), Experiences of women who have a vaginal birth after requesting a Cesarean section due to a fear of birth: A biographical, narrative, interpretative study. Nursing & Health Sciences, 13: 269–274. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00614.x
- Issue online: 26 AUG 2011
- Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2011
- Received 27 January 2011; accepted 5 May 2011.
- interpretative method;
- Cesarean section;
- fear of birth;
- open attitude;
A fear of childbirth is a reason for a Cesarean section on request without a medical indication. The law for patients' rights in Norway does not give women the opportunity to choose a Cesarean section, only the potential to participate in the decision-making process. This requires cooperation between health professionals and patients. The present study explores the experience of women who had a vaginal birth after requesting a Cesarean section due to a fear of birth. A biographical, narrative, interpretative method was used. Through five women's stories, it is evident that the practice of decision-making constitutes a challenge for both the women and the health professionals. The importance of a woman's right to be taken seriously, even if she does not want to understand the reason behind her fear of birth, is emphasized. An open mind from midwives and physicians is required, although this seems difficult to achieve.