Providence during pregnancy; a qualitative content analysis

Document Type : Original Quantitative and Qualitative Research Paper


1 Phd candidate in Reproductive Health, Department of Midwifery & Reproductive Health, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor of Midwifery & Reproductive Health, Department of Midwifery & Reproductive Health, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

3 Professor of Nursing, Department of Nursing, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

4 Associate Professor of Nursing, Department of Nursing, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


Background: Pregnancy and birth are very important for the most communities and childbearing women make decisions depends on their context during pregnancy.
Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the perception and inner experiences of Iranian pregnant women.
Methods: A qualitative content analysis was conducted in 2013. Participants consisted of 18 mothers who had experienced pregnancy in Tehran. Sampling was purposeful and continued until data saturation. Finally, 28 interviews were conducted with an average of 50 minutes. Analysis of collected data was performed concurrently with a constant comparative approach.
Results: Two major themes emerged during the analysis process involving "in the hope of a brighter future for the unborn child" and” in the hope of a brighter future for themselves". These concepts are important childbearing womens perspectives of "Providence" for themselves and their unborn children.
Conclusion: Understanding subjective resources of Iranian women’s experiences results in correct understanding of their true needs. It should be followed by more effective planning and caring with practitioners of the community health centers.


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