Table 2

Literature summary

Author(s)

Sample

Methodology


Munro et al, 2009 [20]

17 primiparous women in British Columbia,

Canada.

Semi structured interviews: exploratory qualitative study

Fenwick et al, 2008[10]

14 women who had requested a caesarean section in their first pregnancy in Australia

Telephone interviews: exploratory descriptive approach:

Kennedy et al, 2009[21]

234 women during the postpartum period in US

Qualitative interviews: narrative and thematic analysis

McCourt &Pearce, 2000 [22]

20 UK women receiving different models of maternity care

Semi-structured narrative interviews at 6 months postnatal

Houvouras, 2006[23]

15 postpartum women in US

Active and feminist interviews: Constructivist grounded theory

Parry, 2006 [24]

Personal reflection and 8 women in Canada, 1 in US (7 pregnant, 2 postpartum)

Personal ethnography and interviews: narrative presentation

Crossley, 2007[25]

Single case study in UK

Personal reflection, unfolding narrative: exploratory qualitative design

Shaw, 2007 [26]

Critical response to Crossley (2007)

Personal reflection grounded in doctoral thesis data

Stokhill, 2007 [27]

Critical response to Crossley (2007)

Personal reflection grounded in autoethnography

Namey & Lyerly, 2010 [28]

72 US women who as part of a larger study had spontaneously mentioned control

Semi structured interviews: Concept analysis

Hall & Holloway, 1998[29]

9 UK women who chose to give birth in water

In depth interviews analysed using grounded theory

Walker. 2005 [30]

32 UK women who had delivered in a midwife led care unit

In depth focused interviews, analysed using grounded theory

Viisainen, 2001[31]

21 women and 12 partners of women who had planned a home birth in Finland

Semi structured interviews, narrative and thematic analysis

Viisainen, 2000 [32]

21 women and 12 partners of women who had planned a home birth in Finland

Semi structured interviews, narrative and thematic analysis

Morison et al, 1998[8]

10 couples who had a home birth in Australia

Interviews and homebirth video observation: phenomenological approach

Morison et al, 1999[33]

Kontoyannis &Katsetos, 2008[34]

12 women who had experienced planned home birth in Greece.

Semi structured interviews: phenomenology

Kennedy &Shannon, 2004 [35]

Purposive sample of 14 midwives in US

Interview data: Narrative analysis

Lynn Clark et al, 2003[36]

Childbearing women in US, Scandinavia, Middle East, China and Tonga (n = 100)

Secondary analysis of narrative transcripts

Lundgren & Dahlberg, 1998[37]

Nine women, four primiparous and five multiparous who were two to four days post delivery.

Interview data: Narrative analysis with phenomenological interpretation of meaning

Halldorsdottir & Karlsdottir, 1996[38]

14 postnatal women in Iceland

Interactive interviews: Phenomenology

Maher, 2008[39]

10 postnatal women between 3 and 12 months in Australia

Semi-structured interviews: Narrative based approach

McCallum & Reis, 2005[40]

26 women admitted for childbirth in Brazil

Participant observation and semi structured interviews: ethnographic and narrative analysis

Liamputtong, 2009 [41]

15 middle class mothers, 15 lower class mothers in Thailand

Semi structured interviews: phenomenological thematic analysis


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