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dc.contributor.supervisorMignone, Javier (Family Social Sciences)en_US
dc.contributor.authorWood, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-15T18:28:51Z
dc.date.available2014-12-15T18:28:51Z
dc.date.issued2014-12-15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1993/30111
dc.description.abstractThe Birth Centre is a midwife-led, out-of-hospital facility for normal births in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Exploring women’s experiences of choosing the Birth Centre was the primary objective for this thesis. Through a feminist perspective and using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), each participant’s idiographic description of the decision-making experience was analysed. A sample of seventeen women participated in in-depth interviews. Six themes emerged through the qualitative analysis: Exercising personal agency; Making the decision in the context of relationships; An expression of one’s ideology; Really thinking it through; Fitting into the eligibility criteria; and The psychology of the space. The findings suggest that a woman’s sense of safety is related to these themes. The women had a normal birth influence in their lives from personal relationships, past experiences, or personal values and beliefs. The study highlighted the importance of access to midwifery services in order to increase awareness and access to the Birth Centre.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectmidwiferyen_US
dc.subjectbirth centresen_US
dc.subjectinformed choiceen_US
dc.subjectdecision-makingen_US
dc.subjectinterpretive phenomenological analysisen_US
dc.titleChoosing the Birth Centre: Exploring women's experiences of place of birth decision-makingen_US
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFamily Social Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommitteeRoger, Kerstin (Family Social Sciences) Heaman, Maureen (Nursing) Robinson, Kristine (WRHA)en_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
dc.description.noteFebruary 2015en_US
local.subject.manitobayesen_US


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