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"You couldn't ask for more really": A relational perspective of doing and un-doing jointness using individual alongside couple interviews of home birth

Year: 2015
Working paper number: 354
Author: Daniels, Nicole Miriam
Unit: FaSRU
Abstract:
The purpose of this article is to discuss the methodological advantage of a dyadic approach to researching home birth. It is based on a study in which a combination of pre and post, conjoint and individual interviews generated men, women and couple narratives of decision making and experiences of home birth. The study sought to address a gap in the literature on home birth by adopting a relational perspective of jointly doing home birth that resulted in additional knowledge on the doing of jointness in couples' everyday lives. This unique aspect of how couples do and un-do jointness resulted from a dyadic approach that included the neglected perspectives of men's experience of home birth. Knowledge produced through a combined research design strengthened the 'common reflective space' constructed in joint interview contexts in ways that were instructive for understanding the research and the researched. Overall a dyadic approach was found to balance divergences and convergences across shared and individual accounts by allowing experiences to be rectified, remembered and re-adjusted in light of new, emerging information in the construction of a jointly told, dyadic narrative of home birth.
Publication file: WP 354.pdf
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