Woodward, Joanne Lois (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
Waterbirths have been available in the United Kingdom as a method of pain relief for childbirth for over two decades but the neonatal safety of birth in water remains unevaluated. Opponents of a waterbirth randomised controlled trial state randomisation would undermine women’s childbirth experience. In addition, little is known about midwives’ attitudes to waterbirths. This thesis addresses some of the lack of evidence by reporting the findings of two studies which had three aims: to investigate the feasibility of a waterbirth RCT to assess the effects of a waterbirth on the neonate, to explore women’s thoughts about participation and whether randomisation affects women’s satisfaction with their childbirth experience and to assess midwives’ attitudes to waterbirths.
|Type of Work:||Ph.D. thesis.|
|Supervisor(s):||Kelly, Sue and Clifford, Collette and Hicks, Carolyn|
|School/Faculty:||Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences|
|Department:||School of Health and Population Sciences, Nursing and Physiotherapy|
|Subjects:||RA Public aspects of medicine|
RG Gynecology and obstetrics
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
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