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dc.contributor.authorKimanthi, Zipporah K
dc.contributor.authorOnsongo, Lister N
dc.date.accessioned2023-09-05T09:35:22Z
dc.date.available2023-09-05T09:35:22Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.citationKimanthi ZK, Onsongo LN. Women’s experience of unexpected caesarean section birth in Kitui County, Kenya. Afri Health Sci. 2023;23(2):652-8. https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ahs.v23i2.75en_US
dc.identifier.otherDOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ahs.v23i2.75
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/26888
dc.descriptionarticleen_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: In sub-Saharan Africa, 72% of all Caesarean section (CS) births are unplanned compared to 27% of unplanned CS births done in developed countries. Various researches have been conducted on lived experiences following unexpected CS birth but none in Kitui County, Kenya. Objective: This study described the lived experience of undergoing an unexpected CS and the role of cultural beliefs on childbirth among Kitui/Kamba women in Kenya. Methods: A descriptive phenomenology design was used in this study. In-depth interviews of women who experienced unplanned Caesarean birth in Kitui County, Kenya, were conducted. Colaizzi’s method guided the analysis. Interviews were approximately 30 minutes long and audiotaped. Results: A total of 12 mothers participated in the study. Fives themes and 11 sub-themes emerged from this study: fear (fear of disability and surgical complications), pain (physical and psychological pain), less of a woman (lowered self-esteem, powerless and worry), sullied (dispirited and will loss), and fallacy (misconception and effects of fallacy). Conclusion: Disruption, dissatisfaction with the birth process, and unmet expectations were negative experiences. Healthcare workers should be sensitive when informing mothers of unplanned CS. More research to look for coping strategies to reduce negative birthing experiences.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherahsen_US
dc.subjectBirth experiencesen_US
dc.subjectmidwiferyen_US
dc.subjectunexpected CSen_US
dc.titleWomen's Experience of Unexpected Caesarean Section Birth in Kitui County, Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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