Pregnancy and childbirth are a unique and sacred time in many womens' lives and the process of giving birth often leaves women and families in a vulnerable position.
This integrated literature review examined birthing experiences from the maternal perspective and focused on the short-term and long-term implications of negatively perceived maternal experiences. While there are several international studies, only a few have been published studies from the United States.
The integrated review showed a significant impact of provider-client communication and shared decision making on a woman's overall perception of her birthing experience. Reports of excess intervention, lack of informed consent, and a perceived disregard for embodied knowledge- all contribute to negative perception of the birthing women.
Implications for nursing education, practice, policy, and research are discussed in depth with a focus on improving maternal perception of the birth experience.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Farmer, Nancy M., "Womens Perception of Their Childbirth Expereinces: An Integrated Literature Review" (2019). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 565.