Results show that the womenâs experiences of being involved in decisions and the relationship to professional and social support during their first labor can be conceptualized as one main theme: âMost important for first time mothersâ during labor is to be respected for their needs, to feel involved in the care, and support from their partnerâ. This theme contained three categories: âTo be respected for their needsâ, âTo be involved in the careâ and âSupport from the partnerâ. A safe and calm environment positively influenced the womenâs sense of support, and the ability to have her partner physically present positively influenced the sense of support. When healthcare professionals responded to a womanâs unique needs during labor, the woman felt that the support was based on her as an individual and possibility to being involved in decisions; otherwise a feeling of uncertainty emerged. If the womanâs partner was able to offer support, then it was essential that he was physically present in the room throughout the birth.
Last date updated on December, 2022