Advanced

Care during pregnancy and child birth in Sweden: Perspectives of lesbian women

Larsson, Anna-Karin LU and Dykes, Anna-Karin LU (2009) In Midwifery 25(6). p.682-690
Abstract
Objective: to explore the views and experiences of care of lesbian women during pregnancy and childbirth. Design, setting and participants: a qualitative study of 18 lesbian women in southern Sweden. Findings: valid text units were formed through categorisation into four main categories: recognition of sexual orientation; openness; relationships within the homosexual family; and different encounters and attitudes within the health-care system. The interviewed women were positive about their care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, as in studies regarding women's experiences of care in general, lesbian women raised concerns about postnatal care, parent education and the structure of the patient records with no place for the female... (More)
Objective: to explore the views and experiences of care of lesbian women during pregnancy and childbirth. Design, setting and participants: a qualitative study of 18 lesbian women in southern Sweden. Findings: valid text units were formed through categorisation into four main categories: recognition of sexual orientation; openness; relationships within the homosexual family; and different encounters and attitudes within the health-care system. The interviewed women were positive about their care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, as in studies regarding women's experiences of care in general, lesbian women raised concerns about postnatal care, parent education and the structure of the patient records with no place for the female partner. Key conclusions and implications for practice: confirmation of parenthood was important, especially for the co-parent. The participants in this study felt that when they were open about their sexuality, this was met with an openness that they felt was confirming about their homsexuality. It is important for health-care providers not to make assumptions about women's sexuality. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Confinement, Pregnancy, Parent education, Lesbian, Homosexual
in
Midwifery
volume
25
issue
6
pages
682 - 690
publisher
Elsevier
external identifiers
  • wos:000272628400023
  • pmid:18222576
  • scopus:70449103592
ISSN
1532-3099
DOI
10.1016/j.midw.2007.10.004
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
f41f7464-66d8-4212-bd0c-7eac7e7df124 (old id 1532684)
date added to LUP
2010-01-29 10:00:42
date last changed
2017-11-12 03:22:43
@article{f41f7464-66d8-4212-bd0c-7eac7e7df124,
  abstract     = {Objective: to explore the views and experiences of care of lesbian women during pregnancy and childbirth. Design, setting and participants: a qualitative study of 18 lesbian women in southern Sweden. Findings: valid text units were formed through categorisation into four main categories: recognition of sexual orientation; openness; relationships within the homosexual family; and different encounters and attitudes within the health-care system. The interviewed women were positive about their care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, as in studies regarding women's experiences of care in general, lesbian women raised concerns about postnatal care, parent education and the structure of the patient records with no place for the female partner. Key conclusions and implications for practice: confirmation of parenthood was important, especially for the co-parent. The participants in this study felt that when they were open about their sexuality, this was met with an openness that they felt was confirming about their homsexuality. It is important for health-care providers not to make assumptions about women's sexuality. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.},
  author       = {Larsson, Anna-Karin and Dykes, Anna-Karin},
  issn         = {1532-3099},
  keyword      = {Confinement,Pregnancy,Parent education,Lesbian,Homosexual},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {682--690},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Midwifery},
  title        = {Care during pregnancy and child birth in Sweden: Perspectives of lesbian women},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2007.10.004},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2009},
}