Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Expectant parents’ perspectives on the influence of a single antenatal relaxation class: a qualitative study.

Tabib, Mo; Humphrey, Tracy; Forbes-McKay, Katrina; Lau, Annie

Authors

Mo Tabib

Tracy Humphrey

Annie Lau



Abstract

Aim: This study explores the perspectives of expectant parents on the influence of a single antenatal class incorporating education on childbirth physiology and relaxation techniques. Method: The data for this qualitative descriptive study were collected via in-depth interviews with six women and three birth partners. Findings: An enhanced understanding of childbirth physiology formed a ‘different way of thinking’ about childbirth, ‘inspired and motivated’ the exertion of the learnt relaxation techniques which led to a ‘deep sense of calmness’ associated with increased confidence and reduced fear. However, reaching such sense of calmness during childbirth required a ‘space for relaxation’ which was influenced by birth attendants. An overarching theme of ‘a positive outlook’ towards childbirth was identified. Conclusion: Including education on childbirth physiology and a range of relaxation techniques may reduce fear, empower prospective parents and positively influence their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth.

Citation

TABIB, M., HUMPHREY, T., FORBES-MCKAY, K. and LAU, A. 2021. Expectant parents’ perspectives on the influence of a single antenatal relaxation class: a qualitative study. Complementary therapies in clinical practice [online], 43, article ID 101341. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101341

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 23, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 26, 2021
Publication Date May 31, 2021
Deposit Date Mar 5, 2021
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2022
Journal Complementary therapies in clinical practice
Print ISSN 1744-3881
Electronic ISSN 1873-6947
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Article Number 101341
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101341
Keywords Antenatal education; Relaxation; Women; Partners; Childbirth
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1240076