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Table 1 Main topics of the interview guide

From: Antenatal education and the birthing experience of Brazilian women: a qualitative study


Tell me about your experience of labor and delivery. How was it? Was it as you imagined? Was it different?


During labor, before you received anesthesia, was there something that helped you when you had contractions?/When you felt pain? If the answer is yes: What helped you? Can you tell more about it. Can you give some examples and explain them.


In your opinion were you in control during labor or not? (Control of pain, control of the contractions, of control of fear). Why?


What positions did you adopt during labor? Explain each one of them and tell me why you adopted those positions and about your experience with the adopted positions.


What is your opinion on the attitudes of the staff of the maternity ward. Were they helpful or not? Why?


Are you satisfied or not with your birthing experience? Why?