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Experiences of pregnant women in a group : a descriptive study

Paula Rueder Neves, Natália Rejane Salim, Glauce Cristine Ferreira Soares, Dulce Rosa Maria Gualda

Abstract


Aim: To understand the experiences of pregnant women in a group and the role of the group in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Method: This was an exploratory descriptive study in which a qualitative approach was used. The instruments for data collection were interviews and observation. Five women participated in the study. Results: The thematic content analysis allowed the identification of five categories related to the significance of participation in the group: the importance of the group for pregnant and postpartum women; the group as a place for learning; bonds and exchanges; the role of the group in the delivery process; the role of the group in the motherhood experience. Discussion: Participation in the group proved to be important in the birth process. The group was seen as an opportunity for exchange, and proved to be a facilitator in the formation of bonds. Conclusion: The practice of pregnant women participating in a group should be encouraged and implemented in prenatal care.

Keywords


Pregnant women group; Experiences of women; Birth and Maternity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5935/1676-4285.20134143



 

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