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dc.contributor.advisorNiven, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.advisorRoy, Dianne
dc.contributor.authorKurth, Anna
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-07T00:30:26Z
dc.date.available2012-08-07T00:30:26Z
dc.date.issued2011en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10652/1919
dc.description.abstractBackground: Osteopathic literature on the topic of women’s health during pregnancy is limited. Current literature explores the possibilities of osteopathic intervention but lacks supportive research. This project is a first step towards extending the literature available by exploring the attitudes and experiences of women to osteopathic care during pregnancy. Objective: To identify and explore significant issues associated with the attitudes and experiences of women to osteopathy during pregnancy. To investigate possible relationships between osteopathic treatment and quality of life during pregnancy and the childbirth experience. Methods: This retrospective study employs a phenomenological qualitative approach. Participants were recruited through purposeful sampling. Seven women who had experienced osteopathy at least three times during their pregnancies and given birth between 6 weeks and 12 months prior were interviewed to explore their attitudes to and experiences of osteopathy during pregnancy. Results: It was found that the following factors influenced the women’s attitudes to and experiences of osteopathy during pregnancy: (1) The accessibility of osteopathic care, (2) Quality of life, (3) Security during a period of change and uncertainty in life, and (4) Making sense of the experience. Conclusions: Osteopathy during pregnancy was found to be an effective treatment in reducing or ameliorating pregnancy complaints and was not perceived as being any different to osteopathic care when not pregnant.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.subjectpregnancyen_NZ
dc.subjectchildbirthen_NZ
dc.subjectosteopathic medicineen_NZ
dc.subjectattitudesen_NZ
dc.titleWomen’s attitudes to and experiences of osteopathic care during pregnancyen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Osteopathyen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
unitec.pages111en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ


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