Childbirth Experience in Women at High Risk: Is It Improved by Use of a Birth Plan?

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Women at obstetric high risk more often experience negative feelings related to childbirth than women with normal outcomes. For these high-risk women, an individual birth plan does not appear to improve the overall experience of childbirth; rather, it seems to intensify the negative feelings in several aspects. The increased vulnerability in women at high risk warrants special attention to the possibility that types of care routinely offered to all women may negatively influence the experiences of high-risk women.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: MARIE BERG is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Health and Caring Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden. 2: INGELA LUNDGREN is a senior lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University College of Borås, Sweden. 3: GUNILLA LINDMARK is Professor of International Maternal and Reproductive Health at the Department of Women's and Children's Health, Section for International Maternal and Child Health, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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