In Pakistan there are unique socio-cultural factors that contribute to women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. This study explores Pakistani women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth an area that remains under researched in the country. Qualitative research was employed for data collection by using an un-structured interview guide. The informants included twelve women who had recently been through the childbirth process for the first and second time. The collected data reveals that women were unaware of the use of multi vitamins during pregnancy. They delayed physical check-ups with a gynaecologist. Women encountered challenges at work during pregnancy and encountered work family conflict after childbirth. Support from intimate relations including husbands and in-laws were reported by the respondents. Attitude of colleagues at work was not always positive during pregnancy. The working women reported being overburdened at work. It is suggested that women friendly policies are required for working women giving birth. Facilities including rest rooms, medical centres need to be provided to the women at work. Women need to be educated about the importance of health care during pregnancy.
Pregnancy, Chilbirth, Women, Pakistan, Attitude, In-Depth Interviews
The authors would like to thank the women who participated in this research for their time and commitment. We would also like to thank the reviewers for their feedback on the earlier version of this paper.
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Ali, R., Habiba, U., & Ullah, H. (2018). Women’s Lived Experience of Pregnancy and Child Birth: Narratives from Pakistan. The Qualitative Report, 23(4), 758-773. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss4/3