Research: MITCHELL,

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Abstract

MITCHELL,  Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1DD, UK. mary.mitchell@uwe.ac.uk studied women's motivation in seeking CAM during pregnancy or their experiences of use in relation to their pregnancy and childbirth journey.

Background

A number of studies have found increased use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) during pregnancy and birth. However, little is known about women's motivation in seeking CAM during pregnancy or their experiences of use in relation to their pregnancy and childbirth journey.

Methodology

A narrative study sought to explore the meaning and significance of CAM use in pregnancy from the perspective of CAM users. Narrative style interviews were conducted with 14 women who had used a range of CAMs during pregnancy and birth. Data analysis focussed on the meaning and significance of CAM use in pregnancy and a number of core themes emerged.

Results

This paper focusses on the theme which illustrates the meaning behind women's use of CAM in pregnancy and childbirth as one of seeking holistic wellbeing.

Conclusion

Participants engaged with CAM as a way of fulfilling their physical, emotional and spiritual needs during pregnancy. Use of CAM signified women's desire to be proactive in health seeking behaviours.

References

Mitchell M.  Women's use of complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: A search for holistic wellbeing. Women Birth. Jul 26 2014. pii: S1871-5192(14)00064-X. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.06.011. [Epub ahead of print]

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