One Body Becoming Two: How women experience childbirth

There is a substantial literature on labour and childbirth in medical, midwifery and social scientific research. But we still don't know much about how labouring women experience that pivotal time when their bodies are working hard to push out their infants and deliver them into the world.

As part of a qualitative longitudinal study (opens in a new window) of first-time parents living in Sydney, we asked 25 women who had recently given birth to recount their birth stories.

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