Table 1

Articles included in the metasynthesis and quality assessment
Reference Aim Method Data collection Setting Quality assessment
Author Theoretical
Discipline perspective
2. Emmet, Shaw, Montgomery, Murphy, Nursing To explore women's experiences of decision-making about mode of delivery after previous CS Qualitative study 21 women with a previous CS M:36
Framework approach 12 planned a VBAC, 9 planned a CS
The participants home
Two city hospitals England and Scotland
13. McGrath, Phillips, Vaughan To explore the decision-process from the mothers' perspective with regard to subsequent birth choice for women who had previously been delivered by CS Descriptive phenomenology 4 women who had a VBAC M:34
Nursing Van Manen Locations of the participants' choice 6-8 weeks post partum
Australia
18. Phillips, McGrath, Vaughan The reasons motivating women to try for a VBAC from the perspective of women Descriptive phenomenology 4 women who had a VBAC M:35
Nursing Van Manen Locations of the participants’ choice 6-8 weeks post partum
Australia
19. Fenwick, Gamble Hauck Midwifery Explore and describe the childbirth expectations knowledge, beliefs and attitudes of women who have experienced a CS and would prefer a VBAC in subsequent pregnancy Thematic analysis 35 women recruited from 157 respondents; 24 who attempted a vaginal birth and 11 who would choose this in a subsequent pregnancy M:36
Australia
20. Meddings, Phipps The lived experience of women who elected to attempt a vaginal birth following a previous CS Phenomenological method 8 women recruited via community M:31
Haith-Cooper, Haigh Nursing Pregnancy 34 weeks and 6 weeks after birth
Participants' own home UK
29. McGrath, Phillips The focus is on women who valued a vaginal birth who delivered by CS Descriptive phenomenology 8 women who valued a vaginal delivery but who delivered by CS M:34
Vaughan Locations of the participants' choice
Nursing 6-8 weeks post partum
Australia
30. Goodhall, McVittie, Explore mother's perceptions of the influence of health professionals (GP, midwives, and consultants) on decisions as to mode of delivery of second children, following a previous CS. Interpretative phenomenology 10 pregnant women (medium gestation of 32 weeks) recruited via Edinburgh M:32
Magil
Psychology National Childbirth Trust and personal contacts
Interviewee's home
UK
31. Ridley, Davis Discover what influences women in the decision to deliver via VBAC Descriptive qualitative method 4 women delivered via VBAC M:35
Bright, Sinclair 2-4 months post partum
Nursing Postpartum unit in a hospital
US

M = Moderate quality.

Lundgren et al.

Lundgren et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:85   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-12-85

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