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Dignity in Childbirth: US Women’s Perceptions of Respect and Autonomy in Hospital Births

Gender, Women’s Health Care Concerns and Other Social Factors in Health and Health Care

ISBN: 978-1-78756-176-2, eISBN: 978-1-78756-175-5

ISSN: 0275-4959

Publication date: 18 September 2018

Abstract

Originality/value

These findings address an important, under-examined aspect of women’s childbirth experiences. This study investigates how different birth experiences and interactions either promote or violate childbearing women’s perception of dignity, and has significant implications for the provision of maternal healthcare. The results reinforce the importance of focusing on the socio-psychological dimensions of childbirth.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgment

A previous version of this manuscript was presented at the 2016 American Sociological Association Annual Meetings in Seattle, WA. We thank the session members for their feedback.

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There are no funding sources to report for this manuscript.

Citation

Liddell, J. and Johnson, K.M. (2018), "Dignity in Childbirth: US Women’s Perceptions of Respect and Autonomy in Hospital Births", Gender, Women’s Health Care Concerns and Other Social Factors in Health and Health Care (Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol. 36), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 87-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0275-495920180000036004

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