The best encouraging persons in labor: A content analysis of Iranian mothers’ experiences of labor support

Fathi Najafi, T. and Latifnejad Roudsari, R. and Ebrahimipour, H. (2017) The best encouraging persons in labor: A content analysis of Iranian mothers’ experiences of labor support. PLoS ONE, 12 (7).

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Background and aims: The process of giving birth is very stressing for the mother. Meanwhile, maternity ward staff’s lack of awareness of mothers’ fears make mothers feel lonely and helpless. This study aimed to explore women’s perceptions of labor support during vaginal delivery. Materials and methods: This exploratory qualitative study used qualitative content analysis to explore Iranian mothers’ experiences of labor support. Data were collected using observations and semi-structured interviews with 25 individuals. The participants were recruited through a purposive sampling method. Results: Three categories, including “involvement of the spouse in the labor process”, “asking for a companion during labor”, and “mother’s self-care to cope with labor pain”, emerged during data analysis. These categories were merged to form the main theme of “trying to comply with the labor process”. Conclusion: Women believed that the presence of a companion, e.g. their husband, a family member, or a doula, during labor helped them better deal with the labor process, particularly when they felt lonely. Health care providers are expected to consider the needs of mothers and try to provide holistic support for mothers during labor pain. Implications for practice: It seems that some mothers adopted particular coping strategies without receiving any relevant training. It is noteworthy that although mothers may make every effort to minimize their pain, health professionals should also practice medical approaches to help them through the process of labor. © 2017 Fathi Najafi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :9 Export Date: 16 February 2020 CODEN: POLNC Correspondence Address: Latifnejad Roudsari, R.; Department of Evidence-Based Care Research Centre, Mashhad University of Medical SciencesIran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult Article childbirth content analysis coping behavior data analysis data collection method female health care personnel health practitioner holistic care human husband Iranian (citizen) labor labor pain labor support medical practice mother perception personal experience purposive sample qualitative research self care semi structured interview spouse training vaginal delivery young adult caregiver fear health personnel attitude Iran loneliness obstetric delivery pathophysiology pregnancy psychology Adaptation, Psychological Attitude of Health Personnel Caregivers Delivery, Obstetric Humans Labor, Obstetric Mothers
Subjects: WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib3 lib3
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2020 09:13
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2020 09:13

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