Satisfaction in Childbirth

More Satisfied

  • refused anesthesia1
  • older woman2
  • goal was to master birth3
  • middle and upper-middle-class4,5
  • higher education level2
  • husband was present6,7
  • greater closeness to their spouse5
  • less traditional attitude on sex roles5
  • attended childbirth preparation courses5
  • 14% of women were in a near-bliss8
  • higher self-esteem9–11

Less Satisfied

  • received an epidural12,13
  • teenagers2,11
  • goal was to survive birth3,4
  • lower class4
  • 2+ weeks past due5
  • feeling not in control of the birth14
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