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Spiritual questions during childbearing

Chapter in book
Authors Ingela Lundgren
Published in Spirituality and Childbirth: Meaning and Care at the Start of Life
Pages 68-83
ISBN 9781315389639
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 68-83
Language en
Subject categories Nursing


In this chapter I will discuss the period from pregnancy to the birth - i.e. childbearing - with a focus on the role of healthcare professionals. I use the concept ‘childbearing’ since pregnancy and the birth should be seen as a process and in wholeness which is also of importance for continuity of care (Bryar and Sinclair 2011). The focus of this chapter is the role of healthcare professionals when childbearing is seen as something more than a biomedical condition. Practical examples based on research will be discussed using the central concepts partnership, reciprocity and relationship. My research has been mainly carried out in a Swedish maternity care context where midwives are the primary caregivers for women with normal pregnancy and birth. However, the findings can be transferred to, and be relevant to, other contexts where health professionals are involved in the care. © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Susan Crowther and Jenny Hall.

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