Title

Trusting Women, Respecting Birth: Prenatal Care in Sweden

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

For many years Sweden has been known as one of the best places in the world to have a baby. The reasons for this include many policies and services which create a safe, secure, and supportive environment for women and children. One critical factor is the availability and quality of prenatal care services. Drawing on a year of observation, participation, and interviews, I describe Sweden’s prenatal care system from the perspectives of those who provide the services (midwives) and those who use them (pregnant women). I focus on three key aspects that help explain why care is good for mothers and produces good medical outcomes: a respect of birth as a natural process and women as capable of giving birth; accessible and standardized services; and childbirth preparation classes that focus on social support as well as medical information.

Journal

Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

59

Last Page

70