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Getting To 40 Weeks: Constructing The Uncertainty Of Due Dates, Sarah Cornelia Vos Jan 2012

Getting To 40 Weeks: Constructing The Uncertainty Of Due Dates, Sarah Cornelia Vos

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In the United States as many as 15% of births occur before 39 weeks because of elective inductions or cesarean sections. This qualitative study employs a grounded theory approach to understand the decisions women make of how and when to give birth. Thirty-three women who were pregnant or had given birth within the past two years participated in key informant or small group interviews. The women’s birth narratives and reflections reveal how they construct the uncertainty of their due dates and how this construction influences their birth decisions. Problematic integration theory is used to analyze this construction and identify ...