Danish women's experiences of the rebozo technique during labour: A qualitative explorative study

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Abstract

Objective The study aimed to explore women's experiences of the rebozo technique during labour. Methods This was a qualitative study based on individual telephone interviews, analysed by means of qualitative content analysis and inspired by interpretive description. 17 participants were recruited from two different-sized Danish hospitals and identified by applying a purposeful sample strategy. Results The main theme expressed the women's overall experience with the rebozo: “Joined movements in a harmless effort towards a natural birth”. The women experienced that the technique created bodily sensations, which reduced their pain, and furthermore they expressed that it interrelated the labour process and produced mutual involvement and psychological support from the midwife and the women's partner. The rebozo technique was in most situations carried out because the midwife suspected a foetus malposition. Conclusion The experiences of the rebozo technique were overall positive and both of a physical and psychological nature. The results indicate that health professionals should view rebozo as an easy accessible clinical tool with high user acceptance and possible positive psychological and clinical implications. The study contributes with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of a topic where only limited knowledge exists, however, efficacy studies are warranted.

Details

Authors
  • Mette Langeland Iversen
  • Julie Midtgaard
  • Maria Ekelin
  • Hanne Kristine Hegaard
Organisations
External organisations
  • Copenhagen University Hospital
  • University of Copenhagen
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Keywords

  • Childbirth, Midwife, Nonpharmacological, Pain management, Qualitative, Rebozo
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-85
Number of pages7
JournalSexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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