Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

The Impact of Choice and Control on Women’s Childbirth Experiences

Buy Article:

$24.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Women’s choice and control impact birthing experiences. This study used a qualitative, descriptive approach to explore how women develop their initial birth plan and how changes made to the plan affect overall birth experiences. Narrative, semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 women who had given birth in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada, and data were analyzed using a phenomenological approach. Findings showed that women relied on many resources when planning a birth and that changes made to a woman’s initial birth plan affected her recollection of the birth experience. Conclusions are that women’s positive and negative recollections of their birth experiences are related more to feelings and exertion of choice and control than to specific details of the birth experience.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: birth narrative; childbirth; choice in childbirth; control in childbirth

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: January 1, 2012

More about this publication?
  • The Journal of Perinatal Education is no longer available to subscribers on Ingenta Connect. Please go to to access your online subscription to The Journal of Perinatal Education.
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more