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J Perinat Educ. 2008 Summer;17(3):42-50. doi: 10.1624/105812408X329593.

The experience of perinatal care at a birthing center: a qualitative pilot study.

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AMBER PEWITT graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and, subsequently, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from East Tennessee State University. She has worked as a registered nurse in newborn nursery, postpartum, and labor and delivery.

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The purpose of this qualitative descriptive pilot study was to describe women's experiences of care and satisfaction at a freestanding birth center. Data were collected through semistructured interviews with seven women who had given birth within 12 months of participant selection. Using qualitative content analysis, three themes emerged: (1) Empowerment, (2) Sense of Motherhood, and (3) Establishing and Strengthening Relationships. Data revealed that women value caring providers, that caring providers may affect positive outcomes, and that those outcomes may lead to a satisfactory experience.

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birth center; birth satisfaction; natural birth; nurse-midwives; qualitative

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