Canadian Care Providers' and Pregnant Women's Approaches to Managing Birth: Minimizing Risk While Maximizing Integrity

Title

Canadian Care Providers' and Pregnant Women's Approaches to Managing Birth: Minimizing Risk While Maximizing Integrity

Creator

Hall WA; Tomkinson J; Klein MC

Publisher

Qualitative Health Research

Date

2012

Subject

N2N

Description

We employed grounded theory to explain how Canadian pregnant women and care providers manage birth. The sample comprised 9 pregnant women and 56 intrapartum care providers (family doctors, midwives, nurses, obstetricians, and doulas [individuals providing labor support]). We collected data from 2008 to 2009, using focus groups that included care providers and pregnant women. Using concurrent data collection and analysis, we generated the core category: minimizing risk while maximizing integrity. Women and providers used strategies to minimize risk and maximize integrity, which included accepting or resisting recommendations for surveillance and recommendations for interventions, and plotting courses vs. letting events unfold. Strategies were influenced by evidence, relationships, and local health cultures, and led to feelings of weakness or strength, confidence or uncertainty, and differing power- and responsibility-sharing arrangements. The findings highlight difficulties resisting surveillance and interventions in a risk-adverse culture, and the need for attention to processes of giving birth.

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

575-586

Issue

5

Volume

22

Citation

Hall WA; Tomkinson J; Klein MC, “Canadian Care Providers' and Pregnant Women's Approaches to Managing Birth: Minimizing Risk While Maximizing Integrity,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 3, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11442.

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