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Revista de Enfermagem Referência

versión impresa ISSN 0874-0283versión On-line ISSN 2182-2883


SILVA, Teresa Maria de Campos  y  LOPES, Marlene Isabel. The couple's expectations for the birth plan. Rev. Enf. Ref. [online]. 2020, vol.serV, n.2, pp.e19095-e19095. ISSN 0874-0283.

Background: The birth plan (BP) is a reflexive and decision-making process of the expectant couple, exposed in a written document, allowing a better communication with health professionals and the women's autonomy. Objective: The present study, inserted in a larger investigation, aimed to describe the couple's expectation about BP. Methodology: A qualitative, exploratory-descriptive study. Participants were 10 couples who attended the Parenthood and Birth Preparation Program at a maternity in central Portugal. The data collection instrument was the semi-structured interview and data analysis performed using the Bardin content analysis method and the NVivo10 software. Results: Half of the participants did not know the concept of the Birth Plan, but recognize the importance of discussing their preferences with a midwife for a positive childbirth experience. Conclusion: This study allows innovation and improvement in safe care for women/ couples, in order to respond to their expectations and needs.

Palabras clave : birth plan; midwife; empowerment for health; expectation; decision making.

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