Risk perception and choice of place of birth in women with high risk pregnancies: A qualitative study

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Research into maternity care has considered the range of experiences of childbearing women and the impact of diverse care settings.



Lee et al (2016) investigated the risk perception of pregnant women and how this relates to their choice of place of birth. This midwife-led study interviewed 26 pregnant women with medical or obstetric conditions which increased the risks in their pregnancies.  Half the women were planning to give birth in hospital and half were planning homebirths. They found that risk perception is individual and subjective. Women with high risk pregnancies who plan to give birth at home perceive risk differently to women who plan hospital births and discuss the implications of these differences when communicating with childbearing women.