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Security associated with pregnancy and childbirth – experiences of pregnant women. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology 2001;22(4).

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Melender H-L, Lauri S.

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The aim of this study was to describe security associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Security was described as a human need and as a human value. Data were collected in semi-structured interviews in two maternity health care clinics. Data interpretation was based on the method of content analysis. A convenience sample of 20 volunteer Finnish women was interviewed during pregnancy. The elements creating security associated with pregnancy and childbirth were maternity health care, social support, sense of control, and attitudes. The feeling of security was manifested in different resources, feelings and behavior. If the feeling of security associated with pregnancy and childbirth was impaired, the participants would resort to their network of social support, contact health care or social welfare services, or try to achieve a sense of security by their own resources. Feeling secure during pregnancy influences the pregnant woman’s resources, feelings and behavior. It is important that professionals in maternity health care talk with the client about issues that influence her individually-experienced security associated with pregnancy and childbirth. These include examination of the client’s network of social support and informing the client about the health care and social welfare services available.

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Cécile Loup — 17 Feb 2004

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