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L'abord de la sexualité par les sages-femmes en cours de préparation à la naissance et à la parentalité

Abstract : Sexuality is an essential part of a woman’s being, contributing to her well-being, and self-fulfilment. With pregnancy comes many variations, on a physical and on a mental point of view, and sexuality is often found to be put aside during this period of women’s lives. However, typical pregnancy variations are often accompagnied by changes in women’s sexuality, which can bring up alot of questions on their part. These women have a true need for information about sexuality during their pregnancy, but don’t have the feeling of actually getting any, on the healthcare providers’ part. Indeed, studies shows there is an inequality between the need in information on the womens’ part, and the lack of communication concerning this topic, on the health providers’ part. The question that has been brought up, is to determine what currently, is the reality of the situation, and be able to assess the information provided, about pregnant womens’ sexuality. The goal of this study is to determine how the topic of sexuality is talked about during pregnancy, by midwives. In order to do this, a descriptive and comprehensive qualitative study was carried out over four months, in the Aix-Marseille area. 15 interviews of the Kaufman type were carried out, and were done with midwives from hospitals, PMI and office practises, who did birth classes. A majority of the midwives talk systematically about sexuality. They mainly talk about variations in sexuality during pregnancy, de possibility of continuing sexual intercourse during pregnancy, and sexual activity after the birth. Midwives feel it is an important topic, and the general feeling is that women’s questions over the years have motivated them to talk more about it. However certain factors are said to complicate their approach to the topic; like the number of people in the birth classes, the presence of the husbands, or the actual type of birth classes carried out. A majority of the midwives say they don’t feel any particular lack of knowledge on that part, but they admit however, the reason to that is a lack of motivation, of dealing with this subject, compared to other topics which are personally more interesting to them. Articles have been published about sexual health education, implemented by healthcare providers, and have talked about the fact there is a need to rethink attitudes and ways of approach, concerning this topic. New techniques have been recommended, like bringing in new types of question grids, which would include a systematic question about women’s sexuality during birth-classes.
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Izia Queyrens. L'abord de la sexualité par les sages-femmes en cours de préparation à la naissance et à la parentalité. Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2015. ⟨dumas-01218585⟩



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