• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Childbirth

  • By: Marianne S. Matthias
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Childbirth is a seminal event in parents' lives. This event is marked by excitement, anticipation, and oftentimes fear. Childbirth is a fundamentally uncertain experience, with the process and outcome difficult, if not impossible, to predict. These factors make communication between mothers and providers during pregnancy and childbirth critically important. However, the manner in which providers and mothers communicate about childbirth and pregnancy varies widely, and can be dependent on the background, training, and philosophy of different health care providers. This is particularly true with respect to how the inherent uncertainty of childbirth is navigated by mothers and providers. Communication can vary based on the provider a mother chooses. Key communication differences include how decisions are made and how uncertainty is navigated.

Uncertainty Management

Childbirth is an ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles