Table 3

The analytical process
Meaning units (selected) Themes (selected) Categories
Lack of competence by healthcare professionals The abuse as a non-physical act Abusive acts of non-intended harm
Initial great respect for the healthcare system Not intentional
Complete failure by the system
Fear of potential consequences to life and health Not being met with empathy Dehumanization
Fear of punishment Not being seen as a human individual
Being alone and abandoned Loss of trust
Struggling to survive
Treated with contempt
Fear of being seen as disgusting
Fear of being a burden
Not wanting to relate to bodily femininity Distorted perception of body Bodily remembrance
Lost confidence in capability of body Affected reproductive health
To experience severe fear of childbirth
Future wish for CS
Rather adopt than go through childbirth
Creating a sense of security Finding inner strength Finding the strength to move on
Confronting own fear Getting help from others
Learned to trust one’s self
Finding the strength when crossing barriers

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Schroll et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013 13:74   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-74

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