Internet birth stories: An exploration of women's motivations and reasons for choosing home birth
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McDaniel, A. 2014. Internet Birth Stories: An Exploration of Women's Motivations and Reasons for Choosing Home Birth. -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, Ks: Wichita State University, p. 128
Planned home birth remains a controversial topic in the United States, and research concerning women's reasons for choosing this option is scarce. This study investigated the experiences of mothers, who chose to birth at home after experiencing hospital births beforehand. Using an unobtrusive qualitative research design and purposive sampling, already existing data on the internet in the form of ten YouTube videos was examined. After transcription the birth stories were analyzed employing qualitative directed content analysis. Four themes in the participants' narratives about their birth experiences were identified: Safety and better outcomes, intervention-free, negative previous hospital experience, and control.
Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
Research completed at College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences