Art therapy’s role in promoting a positive birth experience: a qualitative group case study

Emard, Esmaeili Karin Sofia (2013) Art therapy’s role in promoting a positive birth experience: a qualitative group case study. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art therapy’s role in promoting a positive birth experience: a qualitative group case study
Synopsis:

A positive birth experience significantly reduces the risk of complications related to the birthing moment (Kvist, Wahlbeck, 2011; Soderqusist, Wijma, Thorbert 2008). Art therapy can help facilitate a positive relaxed birth experience, which protects against instrumental interventions during labor, post partum blues and depression (Sydsjo et al 2011). Through art and visual imagery emotional wounds created by internal feelings can be healed and through the creative process of art making negative stress can be reduced as well as negative emotions and fear (Hogan, 2009; Fraser, 2006). To evaluate art therapy interventions during pregnancy and the effect of art therapy on the outcome on women’s birth experience, a group of women that were pregnant in their third trimester voluntary met for group art therapy, led by a Master level art therapy intern, six times prior to labor and once post partum. The women volunteered to participate in the study through an advertisement in a monthly newsletter by a private care company for pregnant couples. Analyzed as a group case study, using mandala and specific directives, the women also answered a pre & post group art therapy questionnaire to evaluate trends in the value of art therapy interventions and benefits of using art therapy in preparation for childbirth. By using art therapy the women reported that they could release some of their fears and clear mental roadblocks which made it possible to focus on the birth without external worries, they reported increased flexibility and calm in the birthing situation with an experience of a positive birthing experience as outcome. It can be concluded that art therapy is a viable intervention to address fear of childbirth.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 06:31
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 06:31
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/248

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