Table 2

Examples of codes and how these related to themes
Hopes and expectations Choosing midwifery unit Physical environment
Social environment
Friends’ / family experience
No choice / hospital policy
Hopes for birth Ideal birth
Normal / natural birth
Birth plan
Pain relief
Expectations of transfer Seeking information
Seeking reassurance
Blasé
In the midwifery unit Midwifery care Care and support
Feeling understood
Control
Trust
The decision to transfer Preparation
Feelings: disappointment
Feelings: relief
Feelings: anxiety, fear, worry
The transfer journey: in limbo Change / contrast Physical environment
(Dis)comfort
Social environment
Others: midwife / ambulance staff/ husband
Uncertainty / anxiety Information
Not knowing
Fears and worries
Journey time
Passivity Not asking
Choices
Understanding why Understanding what happened Seeking information
Finding resolution
“Debrief”
Feeling guilty
Implications for the future Plans for future babies
Choices in future

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