childbirth, Dutch, maternity nursing, birth, culture


Purpose: To explore the lived experience of childbirth in Dutch women who had given birth at home in the Netherlands.

Methods: Qualitative study using audiotaped interviews with 14 women.

Results: Themes included the advantages of giving birth in the home, where the women felt more in control of their environment; the difficulty and normalcy of the pain associated with giving birth; the feelings of fulfillment and empowerment that come with childbirth and motherhood; and the importance of the supportive role of the midwife–caregiver.

Nursing Implications: Women in a culture different from that of the United States who gave birth at home felt fulfilled and empowered by the experience. These results can help U.S. nurses more fully understand the meaning of childbirth in a different culture and may help identify possible improvements in the design of care for women and newborns in the United States.

Original Publication Citation

Johnson, T., Callister, L. C., Freeborn, D., & Beckstrand, R. L. (2007). Dutch women’s perception of giving birth in the Netherlands. MCN: American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 32(3), 170-178.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing





University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor