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Psicologia Hospitalar

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ESPINDOLA, Ariane Thomaz et al. Befiefs on maternity, childbirth, and maternity in pregnant women with a background of habitual abortion. Psicol. hosp. (São Paulo) [online]. 2006, vol.4, n.1. ISSN 2175-3547.

This study has as its purpose the identification of existing beliefs during the period of pregnancy on pregnancy itself and maternity. In addition, the study proposes to investigate expectations in relation to birth in pregnant women. A sample of 32 pregnant women was used. Semi structured interviews were employed, with a previously prepared questionnaire. The data analysis was both quantitative and qualitative, and carried out through the Content Analysis Technique. The results obtained related to the influence of culture and social values as important factors in the issues of pregnancy and maternity. The study concluded that, for these women, giving birth to a child is an attempt to give new meaning to life, this being a social duty that is actually expected of women more than being something personal, in which reproduction and the desire to bring forth children is seen as a social norm. This puts them in an extremely vulnerable position when they find it impossible to do so.

Palavras-chave : Beliefs; Pregnancy; Maternity; Habitual abortion.

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