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Luis Henrique

School of Nursing, York University

Title: The humanization of birth: the experience of Brazilian women


Luis Henrique working at School of Nursing, York University.


Objectives The present study aims to explore the Brazilian child birthing experience, and identify how the puerperal woman experiences her pregnancy and birth in the humanized model of care. Methods A quali-quantitative research design was used to achieve the goals of the study by recruiting eighty individuals, after the birth process, in a maternity centre at a public hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Data was collected through observation, semistructured interviews, and then a qualitative content analysis was performed. Results Among the individuals: 64% of them attended 8 to 10 consultations, and related more positive feelings to having a baby, showing a clear relation between attending to prenatal consultations and describing the birth as a positive experience; 85% of them used the benefit of having a birth companion, and it was described as reassuring. Conversely, those who experienced a more than six hours labour related the process as very painful. Nurses are the professionals most involved with the process, and their service was rated as very good by 53,8% and good by 43,8% of the responders. Conclusions The humanized birth is a long term process that starts during the prenatal period. Women well accept the process and consider it as beneficial, but when the labour takes long the most remarkable feeling is the pain. The birth process was considered as a remarkable life point as well as an event that brings great responsibility to the women's lives. Being the nurse the most involved professional, they have earned respect and admiration of postpartum women.