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Table 3 Themes and sub-themes

From: ‘Groping through the fog’: a metasynthesis of women's experiences on VBAC (Vaginal birth after Caesarean section)

Sub-themes Themes Articles
In relation to the women themselves Own strong responsibility for giving birth vaginally 13,18,19,29,30
In relation to information   2,13,18,19,29,30
In relation to health-professionals   13,18,19
To have to confront serious risks mediated by health-professionals Vaginal birth after CS is a risky project 2,13,18,19,29,30,31
Lack of information about the benefits of vaginal birth   2,13,30
Not supported if you want a VBAC   2,13,19,30
Good for the baby and the mother- baby relationship Vaginal birth has several positive aspects mainly described by women 2,18,19,20,29,30,31
A meaningful experience of importance for them as women   18,19,20,29,30,31
An easier birth in relation to recovery afterwards   2,19,20,31
Some health professionals are pro VBAC   2,13,20,29,31
Not being informed enough To be involved in decision about mode of delivery is hard and important 2,13,19,20,31
Conflicting information   2,18,19,20,29,30,31
Important to have a choice   2,19,20,29,31
Uncertainty in relation to choice   2,19,20,29,31
Information/support from others not the hospital   2,13,18,19,29,31
Support from professionals   2,13,29,30,31
Experiences from the last birth influence the choice   2,19,29,30,31