Why Don't Women Prefer Vaginal Birth?: The Case of Turkey

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Turan A., Bilgiç F. Ş., Yıldız Karaahmet A.

Haliç Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi, vol.6, no.2, pp.27-34, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Objective: It was aimed to determine the reasons why women did not prefer Vaginal Delivery. Methods: This is research cross-sectional in descriptive type. The STROBE statement was used in the planning, implementation, and reporting of the study design. The research was carried out in a private hospital in Turkey, between April 2021-2022. It was conducted with 347 women aged 18-45 years who were not pregnant, and who wanted Caesarean section for their planned pregnancy. The data were obtained by "Obtaining Information Form" and the "The Vaginal Delivery Preference Inventory-TVDPI". Results: The TVDPI score was found to be correlated with education status, previous delivery, the effect of obtaining information about cesarean section, and the effect of witnessing vaginal delivery. It was determined that a one-unit increase in the age and number of the delivery parameters would lead to a decrease of 0.025 points in the probability of affecting TVDPI scores. Women's education level, previous delivery, and obtaining information about delivery patterns affect their delivery preferences. Conclusions: The education level of women, their previous births and their knowledge about the mode of delivery affect their birth preferences. In the choice of birth, the woman should be considered as a whole with her environment and the culture in which she lives.