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

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Danish women's experiences of the rebozo technique during labour : A qualitative explorative study. / Iversen, Mette Langeland; Midtgaard, Julie; Ekelin, Maria; Hegaard, Hanne Kristine.

In: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Vol. 11, 01.03.2017, p. 79-85.

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Iversen, Mette Langeland ; Midtgaard, Julie ; Ekelin, Maria ; Hegaard, Hanne Kristine. / Danish women's experiences of the rebozo technique during labour : A qualitative explorative study. In: Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. 2017 ; Vol. 11. pp. 79-85.

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T1 - Danish women's experiences of the rebozo technique during labour

T2 - A qualitative explorative study

AU - Iversen, Mette Langeland

AU - Midtgaard, Julie

AU - Ekelin, Maria

AU - Hegaard, Hanne Kristine

PY - 2017/3/1

Y1 - 2017/3/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Childbirth

KW - Midwife

KW - Nonpharmacological

KW - Pain management

KW - Qualitative

KW - Rebozo

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U2 - 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.10.005

DO - 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.10.005

M3 - Article

VL - 11

SP - 79

EP - 85

JO - Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare

JF - Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare

SN - 1877-5764

ER -