Traumatic Birth: Investigating the Way People Process Information, and How It Affects Their Birth Experience

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Title Traumatic Birth: Investigating the Way People Process Information, and How It Affects Their Birth Experience
Creator Kathleen Duguay
Subject Birth; information processing; traumatic birth; joyful birth; natural birth; cesarean; C-section; midwife; homebirth; doula; hospital birth; birth education; birth preparation; MBTI; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; processing birth; MEd
Description The purpose of this study was to explore the question, "how does the way a birthing person; processing information affect their birth experience." To do this I conducted a qualitative; phenomenological study with eight participants. The participants engaged in three interviews and; the MBTI Step II assessment. The MBTI was used as a platform to understand the participants'; information processing needs. The interviews focused on the participants' background on birth,; birth preparation choices, birth story, and discussing their MBTI results in conjunction with their; birth experience. MBTI results were validated as accurate by the participants; this enabled their; use during analysis. I found the following results. Participants whose pre-birth cultural narrative; allowed them to prepare in a manner that was in alignment with their information processing; needs knew what to expect and during the onset of birth they felt calm, in control, and joyful.; Participants whose pre-birth cultural narrative stood in conflict with their information processing; needs did not know what to expect and during the onset of birth they felt confused, unsupported,; and anxious. If the birth team was able to support the participants' information processing needs; the participants felt calm, in control, and joyful during labor and birth. If the birth team was; unable to support the participants' information processing needs the participants felt confused,; unsupported, and anxious during labor and delivery. I believe this data illustrates the power; relationships and information processing needs can have on the birth experience.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2021-05
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital Copyright 2021, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
ARK ark:/87278/s6w72kv0
Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2021-06-28
Date Modified 2021-06-28
ID 1703762
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6w72kv0
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