Thomson, Gill and Downe, Soo (2012) A hero's tale of childbirth. Midwifery . ISSN 02666138
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2012.07.008
to present a secondary analysis of the findings from an interpretive phenomenological study of women who had experienced a self-defined traumatic and subsequent positive birth experience.
a re-interpretation of women's accounts through the conceptual lens of the hero narrative framework developed by Campbell (1993).
12 women recruited from a large maternity trust in North-West England.
by drawing upon Campbell's analysis of myth and folklore, contextualised by the women's narratives, we illuminate the adversity and dysphoria of a distressing birth, and how through taking courage, drawing on inner strength and accessing targeted support, all of the participants went on to achieve a joyful, healing birth experience. This analysis reveals the power, courage and determination of the childbearing women in this study, and to re-envision their journey as a ‘hero's tale’.
this paper uncovers how myth can illuminate existential accounts of a phenomenon as well as raise important practice based implications. Creating services based on these principles has the potential to translate the theoretical insights from this study into a new maternity care praxis.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Monomyth; Campbell; Childbirth; Traumatic birth; Positive birth|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Schools:||College of Health and Wellbeing > School of Community Health and Midwifery|
|Deposited By:||Soo Downe|
|Deposited On:||06 Dec 2012 13:44|
|Last Modified:||02 Sep 2015 13:34|
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