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Title: Giving birth at home, women's experiences and reflections : a grounded theory approach
Author: McCutcheon, Ruth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 6096
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2010
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In a time where emphasis on personal choice is highly valued, the setting in which a woman chooses to give birth is a subject that has come to the fore in the public's attention. The aim of this research was to study the experience of women wanting to give birth at home by introducing a qualitative perspective into the area, based upon nine semi-structured interviews. A grounded theory method (Glaser & Strauss, 1967; Rennie, 1988) was applied to analyse the data. One main core category emerged from the data: "Philosophy of Control", which described the overall perspective of the participants on having a sense of control in planning and giving birth at home. This core category was based on a dynamic relationship between the perceived 3 stages of having a home birth: (1) preparing for the challenges (2) developing resilience strategies and (3) the outcome of the home birth experience. Therapeutic implications for counselling psychologists working with this group are discussed along with methodological limitations
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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