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Fear causes tears - Perineal injuries in home birth settings. A Swedish interview study

Helena E Lindgren12*, Åsa Brink1 and Marie Klingberg-Allvin1

  • * Corresponding author: Helena E Lindgren hli@du.se

  • † Equal contributors

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1 School of Health and Social Science, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden

2 Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2011, 11:6  doi:10.1186/1471-2393-11-6

Published: 18 January 2011

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Interview guidelines. Following guidelines were used during all interviews with the midwives. • Could you tell about your experience of planned homebirths? • Could you please describe your activities (if any) that you use in order to prevent perineal injuries? • What do you think is the explanation for lower frequency of perineal injuries in home birth settings? Is there anything else that you consider significant for giving birth with an intact perineum?

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