The experience of giving birth in a hospital in Spain: Humanization versus technification

Silvia Esteban-Sepúlveda, Montserrat Fabregas-Mitjans, Laura Ordobas-Pages, Ana Tutusaus-Arderiu, Ligia Emanuela Andreica, Juan Manuel Leyva-Moral

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Aim: To explore and describe the experiences of women giving birth in a tertiary public hospital, with special focus on experiences related to humanized care and women's participation in decision making. Method: This is a qualitative phenomenological study through semi-structured interviews to postpartum women giving birth in a tertiary hospital between January and May 2017. Data were analysed through content analysis. Results: The two overarching themes emerged were the professional-information dyad and privacy. Subthemes of the first main theme were the therapeutic relationship, decision-making, feeding the baby, procedures, and the time factor. Subthemes of the second topic were the feelings generated by the hospital environment, the delivery room, and the maternity ward. Conclusions: If the therapeutic relationship is good, technology is not seen as dehumanising but rather as necessary to ensure continuing safety. “Humanising” material resources are not a priority for women in the birth process and are little used. Privacy was experienced as being a particularly intense need, which women called for throughout the healthcare process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S14-S22
JournalEnfermería Clínica
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


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