Speaker: Hazel Keedle
Facilitator: Jean Patterson
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This presentation will explore a meta-ethnographic review of 20 research papers exploring women’s experience of vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). Exploring women’s experiences of VBAC can improve health practitioners’ understanding of the factors that facilitate or hinder women in the journey to have a VBAC.
The overarching theme was ‘the journey from pain to power’. The theme ‘the hurt me’ describes the previous caesarean experience and resulting feelings. Women experience a journey of ‘peaks and troughs’ moving from their previous caesarean to their VBAC. Achieving a VBAC was seen in the theme ‘the powerful me,’ and the resultant benefits are described in the theme ‘the ongoing journey’.
The ‘journey from pain to power’ is strongly influenced by both negative and positive support provided by health care practitioners; this presentation hopes to increase interest and confidence in audience members to translate this evidence into ways to support women planning a VBAC.