• A midwifery model of woman-centred childbirth care--in Swedish and Icelandic settings.

      Berg, Marie; Ólafsdóttir, Olöf Ásta; Lundgren, Ingela; Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. marie.berg@gu.se (2012-06)
      Theoretical models for health care practice are important both as tools for guiding daily practice and for explaining the philosophical basis for care. The aim of this study was to define and develop an evidence-based midwifery model of woman-centred care in Sweden and Iceland. Using a hermeneutic approach we developed a model based on a synthesis of findings from 12 of our own published qualitative studies about women's and/or midwives' experiences of childbirth. For validity testing, the model was assessed in six focus group interviews with 30 practising midwives in Iceland and Sweden. The model includes five main themes. Three central intertwined themes are: a reciprocal relationship; a birthing atmosphere; and grounded knowledge. The remaining two themes, which likewise influence care, are the cultural context (with hindering and promoting norms); and the balancing act involved in facilitating woman-centred care. The model shows that midwifery care in this era of modern medical technology entails a balancing act for enhancing the culture of care based on midwifery philosophies. The next step will be to implement the model in midwifery programmes and in clinical practice, and to evaluate its applicability.
    • Nordic couples' decision-making processes during assisted reproduction treatments.

      Olafsdottir, Helga Sol; Wikland, Matts; Möller, Anders; Landspitali Univ Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynaecol, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland; Fertil Ctr Scandinavia, Gothenburg, Sweden; Ersta Skondal Univ Coll, Stockholm, Sweden; Ersta Skondal Univ Coll, Gothenburg, Sweden; Univ Iceland, Dept Social Work, Reykjavik, Iceland; (Elsevier Science, 2013-06)
      To study couples' perceptions of their decision-making process during the first three years of infertility treatments.
    • Opting for natural birth: A survey of birth intentions among young Icelandic women.

      Swift, Emma Marie; Gottfredsdottir, Helga; Zoega, Helga; Gross, Mechthild M; Stoll, Kathrin; [ 1 ] Univ Iceland, Dept Nursing, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland Show the Organization-Enhanced name(s) [ 2 ] Landspitali Univ Hosp, Univ Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Womens Clin, Reykjavik, Iceland Show the Organization-Enhanced name(s) [ 3 ] Univ Iceland, Dept Med, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland Show the Organization-Enhanced name(s) [ 4 ] Univ Iceland, Ctr Publ Hlth, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland Show the Organization-Enhanced name(s) [ 5 ] Hannover Med Sch, Midwifery Res & Educ Unit, Dept Obstet Gynaecol & Reprod Med, Carl Neuberg Str 1, D-30625 Hannover, Germany Show the Organization-Enhanced name(s) [ 6 ] Univ British Columbia, Sch Populat & Publ Hlth, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada (Elsevier, 2017-03)
      To describe and analyse factors associated with natural birth intentions in a sample of pre-pregnant Icelandic women.
    • Prevalence and associated factors of fear of childbirth in six European countries.

      Lukasse, Mirjam; Schei, Berit; Ryding, Elsa Lena; Oslo & Akershus Univ Coll Appl Sci, Dept Hlth Nutr & Management, Oslo, Norway Norwegian Univ Sci & Technol, Dept Publ Hlth & Gen Practice, N-7034 Trondheim, Norway St Olavs Univ Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynaecol, Trondheim, Norway Univ Hosp, Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Div Obstet & Gynecol, Stockholm, Sweden (Elsevier Ireland, 2014-10)
      This study set out to compare the prevalence, content and associated factors of fear of childbirth in six European countries.