Influence of Religiosity on Childbirth Satisfaction among Pakistani Women

A Multifaceted Exploration

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This study presents a comprehensive thematic analysis of the impact of religiosity on childbirth and satisfaction among Pakistani women. Utilizing a qualitative approach, the research sought to understand the relationships between women's religious beliefs and practices, and their satisfaction with childbirth experiences. Semi-structured interviews conducted with a purposive sample of 25 women who had had live births during past 12 months. Data were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis. Three main themes emerged: (1) religious beliefs as a source of strength and resilience, (2) religious practices providing comfort and coping strategies, and (3) the role of Family and community support. These themes highlight the importance of religiosity in shaping Pakistani women's childbirth satisfaction and emphasize the need for healthcare providers to be culturally sensitive and responsive to the religious needs of their patients.

Keywords: Childbirth satisfaction, Pakistani women, Qualitative research, Religiosity, Thematic analysis

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Published
2023-06-30
How to Cite
Yunus, A., Rahat, R., & Bano, S. (2023). Influence of Religiosity on Childbirth Satisfaction among Pakistani Women: A Multifaceted Exploration. Journal of History and Social Sciences, 14(1), 18-27. https://doi.org/10.46422/jhss.v14i1.251
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