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Service evaluation of relaxation workshops for pregnant women.

Tabib, Mo; Crowther, Susan


Susan Crowther


This article reports a service evaluation of 'antenatal education on physiology of childbirth and relaxation'. A service evaluation was carried out during group class discussion, immediately after the workshops, and following birth. Identified themes in the collected data were (a) my own relaxation, (b) confident, and not afraid, (c) proud of myself, (d) unexpected and feeling in control, and (e) support. Overall, women creatively customized the learned skills and reported feelings of pride and confidence. They reported feeling able to apply relaxation techniques when unexpected situations arise. Support and encouragement from partners and midwives were also valued by women. The evaluation demonstrates the efficacy of designing antenatal education that includes education on physiology of normal birth and relaxation training.


TABIB, M. and CROWTHER, S. 2018. Service evaluation of relaxation workshops for pregnant women. Journal of perinatal education [online], 27(1), pages 10-19. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2018
Publication Date Mar 31, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2019
Journal Journal of perinatal education
Print ISSN 1058-1243
Electronic ISSN 1548-8519
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Pages 10-19
Keywords Relaxation; Antenatal education; Labour; Birth
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