Perception of the childbirth experience

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Subtitle: Continuity and changes over the postpartum period
Author list: Conde A
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles
Publication year: 2008
Volume number: 26
Issue number: 2
Start page: 139
End page: 154
Number of pages: 16
ISSN: 0264-6838
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


The way mothers reconstruct the childbirth experience during the early
postpartum period may interfere in their mood and predisposition to get
pregnant again. This study explored continuity and changes in the
perception of childbirth experience throughout the first six postpartum
months, taking into account different types of delivery. The sample
consisted of 68 Portuguese pregnant women, who filled in the Childbirth
Experience and Satisfaction Questionnaire 48 h after delivery and in the
third and sixth postpartum months. A continuity in the mothers' overall
perceptions of childbirth experience, use and usefulness of relaxation
techniques, social support, health conditions and care provided, and
other postpartum events was found over time. Despite that, mothers
developed a more positive perception of this experience marked by fewer
worries about the infant's health and well-being as well as their own,
and by a decrease in the perception of the pain felt. The type of
delivery had an impact both on the mothers' perceptions of childbirth
experience and on memory changes over time. Results suggest that the
construction of a more positive perception of childbirth can be a
relevant postpartum developmental task which can help mothers to better
adjust to motherhood.


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