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dc.contributor.authorWhitford, Heather Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorEntwistle, Vikki Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorvan Teijlingen, Edwinen_UK
dc.contributor.authorAitchison, Patriciaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Traceyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHumphrey, Tracyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorTucker, Janeten_UK
dc.description.abstractBackground: Birth plans are written preferences for labor and birth which women prepare in advance. Most studies have examined them as a novel intervention or "outside" formal care provision. This study considered use of a standard birth plan section within a national, woman-held maternity record. Methods: Exploratory qualitative interviews were conducted with women (42) and maternity service staff (24) in northeast Scotland. Data were analyzed thematically. Results: Staff and women were generally positive about the provision of the birth plan section within the record. Perceived benefits included the opportunity to highlight preferences, enhance communication, stimulate discussions, and address anxieties. However, not all women experienced these benefits or understood the birth plan's purpose. Some were unaware of the opportunity to complete it or could not access the support they needed from staff to discuss or be confident about their options. Some were reluctant to plan too much. Staff recognized the need to support women with birth plan completion but noted practical challenges to this. Conclusions: A supportive antenatal opportunity to allow discussion of options may be needed to realize the potential benefits of routine inclusion of birth plans in maternity notes.en_UK
dc.relationWhitford HM, Entwistle VA, van Teijlingen E, Aitchison P, Davidson T, Humphrey T & Tucker J (2014) Use of a birth plan within woman-held maternity records: A qualitative study with women and staff in Northeast Scotland. Birth, 41 (3), pp. 283-289.
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dc.subjectbirth plansen_UK
dc.subjectdecision makingen_UK
dc.subjectpatient participationen_UK
dc.subjectprenatal careen_UK
dc.titleUse of a birth plan within woman-held maternity records: A qualitative study with women and staff in Northeast Scotlanden_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Dundeeen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBournemouth Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationRobert Gordon Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorWhitford, Heather M|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorEntwistle, Vikki A|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorvan Teijlingen, Edwin|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorAitchison, Patricia|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDavidson, Tracey|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHumphrey, Tracy|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorTucker, Janet|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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