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Childbirth care: the oral history of women who gave birth from the 1940s to 1980s

Leister, N. & Riesco, M. L. G. (2013). Childbirth care: the oral history of women who gave birth from the 1940s to 1980s. Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem, 22(1), pp. 166-174. doi: 10.1590/s0104-07072013000100020


This study's objective was to gain a greater understanding of the changes that took place in the childbirth care model from the experience of women who gave birth in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil from the 1940s to the 1980s. This is a descriptive study conducted with 20 women using the Thematic Oral History method. Data were collected through unstructured interviews. The theme extracted from the interviews was "The experience of childbirth". The results indicate a time and generational demarcation in the 1970s. Childbirths from 1940 to 1960 occurred in a context of transition from home to hospital births. The 1980s represents a turning point in the elements that compose the childbirth care model, such as the type and place of birth and the professional assisting women, with an increased use of technology and obstetric interventions.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article made available under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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