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Stress and pregnancy: the mother's perspectives. Mukono district, Uganda
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The issue of maternal health raises overwhelming concern whenever mentioned, this is because of the natural desire to bear children yet every pregnancy is a lifetime risk for the mother. Several factors contribute towards the risk of dying during childbirth, stress is one such factor. The aim of the study is to understand the perspectives of pregnant mothers regarding stress during pregnancy and childbirth. Factors affecting daily life, that is, health facilities, work and income, social support and transport were chosen as the main themes of study. It is my belief that, if stressful circumstances are avoided through these factors, then pregnant mothers will experience better health. A qualitative approach was used. Thirteen in-depth interviews and 1 focus group discussion were conducted. A grounded theory approach   was used to analyze the data.

The findings indicate that mothers are aware of the causes of stress during pregnancy. They mention lack of care from husbands, insensitive nurses and midwives, poverty and unplanned pregnancies. The pregnant mothers mention miscarrriage, sickness, death, low birth weight, ceasarian birth as some of the effects of stress, though some mothers said they don't know any effect. Some of the strategies they use to cope with stress are; talking to a friend, counselor, accepting one's financial situation, listening to music and finding work to do.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
Stress, pregnancy, birth outcome
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93994ISRN: LIU-IMH/DHWP-D-13/001--SEOAI: diva2:628339
Subject / course
Master of Arts and Science in Health and Society
2013-06-05, Apollon, Halsans hus (hus 240), entrance 15, plan 14, campus US, Linkoping, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2013-06-17 Created: 2013-06-13 Last updated: 2013-06-17Bibliographically approved

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