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Women experienced communion, strength, and understanding of their partners' feelings by having their partners present at the birth of their babies

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Question How do women experience the presence of their partners at the birth of their babies?




Healthcare centres, hospitals, and women's homes in Finland.


40 Finnish women who had given birth to 1–6 children. Women had different educational backgrounds, ages, types of housing, and occupations. A woman's partner was defined as the man who was present at childbirth and the alleged father of the child. 9 women were followed up for 2.5 years.


Data were obtained before, during, and after delivery by observations of lived events and through 80 interviews. Interviews lasted 20–75 minutes, used open ended questions, and addressed the women's experiences of health and care during the pregnancy …

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  • Sources of funding: Stiftelsens för Åbo Akademis forkningsinstitut; Åbo Akademi University; Sjuksköterskeföreningen i Finland r.f.

  • For correspondence: T Bondas-Salonen, Department of Caring Science, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland. Fax +358 6 324 7503.