Women’s Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in pregnancy:
Women’s Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in pregnancy: A journey to normal birth
This article, through a story-telling approach, illustrates the experience of a number of women through pregnancy and childbirth, utilizing both traditional and complementary and alternative methods (CAM). The women’s motivations were primarily based on the ability to have a normal childbirth without unnecessary medical involvement, yet be able to maintain a stable, safe, and relaxed state prior to and during the delivery process. The most common and frequently used forms of CAM are: acupuncture, homeopathy, herbalism, osteopathy, massage, aromatherapy and chiropractry. The needs of contemporary society are shifting towards a greater unification of mind, body and spirit. In general, people are opting for healthier choices and treatments that are more natural and safe. The benefits of CAM has been written about extensively. Many women who have utilized various CAM methods have experienced feelings of empowerment, confidence in the birthing process, greater states of relaxation, less stress, and reduced levels of medical intervention. Midwives have some concerns regarding these practices fearing that the patients will be unable to develop their inner coping mechanisms and that safety could be compromised. Although many women endorse CAM, the limited evidence hasn’t proven unequivocally its effectiveness. A study was done including fourteen women. The data utilized involved a four part process which covered understanding the participant’s motivations and experiences, identifying common themes, emotional experiences, and the sociocultural influences that were evidenced in the narratives. The initial feelings that established the participant’s reason for wanting to incorporate CAM in their pregnancy regime was to eliminate medical intervention while partaking in a pregnancy that was...
References: Mitchell, Mary (2013). Women’s use of complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy: A journey to normal birth. British Journal of Midwifery, 21(2), 100-107.
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