Swimming against the tide: women's experience of choosing a homebirth in Switzerland

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Brailey, S., Jarrett, P., Luyben, A. and Poat, A. 2015. Swimming against the tide: women's experience of choosing a homebirth in Switzerland. British Journal of Midwifery. 23 (11), pp. 780-788. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2015.23.11.780
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TitleSwimming against the tide: women's experience of choosing a homebirth in Switzerland
AuthorsBrailey, S., Jarrett, P., Luyben, A. and Poat, A.
Abstract

Background: Choice in childbirth, which also involves choice of place to give birth, is a fundamental right of all women. Despite the availability of health-care options for maternity services, most women living in Switzerland continue to give birth in hospital. This paper explores factors influencing the decision of Swiss women to give birth at home.
Study design: A descriptive qualitative study was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six pregnant women living in Switzerland who were planning a homebirth. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.
Findings: Previous hospital experience, expectations of homebirth, women’s attitudes to birth, and personal and societal influences were reasons women gave for choosing a homebirth. Homebirth offered women more autonomy, less medical intervention, and a more relaxing environment than traditional hospital settings.
Conclusion: Women in Switzerland who choose homebirth are motivated by the same factors as women elsewhere. The findings from this study suggest a need for personalised maternity care which supports women in their childbirth choices.

KeywordsHomebirth; Switzerland; Semi-structured interviews; Women’s choice; Decision-making
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare (MA Healthcare)
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
ISSN0969-4900
Electronic2052-4307
Publication dates
Online09 Nov 2015
Print02 Nov 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Oct 2015
Accepted01 Nov 2015
Output statusPublished
Additional information

Published Online: November 09, 2015

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2015.23.11.780
LanguageEnglish
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