Women's stories of planned Caesarean birth in their first pregnancy

  • Nicola Anne Mason

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Caesarean birth accounts for a quarter of all births in England and is the most commonly performed operation. Despite this, little is known of how individual women experience planned Caesarean birth. Reviews of the literature reveal that rising rates of Caesarean birth are preceived to be problematic by women ,clinicians and policy makers but women's experiences are either absent from this debate or perceived as universally realised. This qualitative study involved listening to the stories of eight women to reveal how planned Carsarean birth was experienced, understood and constructed.
Date of Award2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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