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The purpose of this phenomenological study is to better understand the impact and implications of a cesarean birth on later adult behavior patterns. A written survey was designed using Dr. William R. Emerson?s questionnaire The Evaluation of Obstetrical Trauma: A Questionnaire (1997). Forty statements were developed to represent behaviors believed to relate to birth via cesarean section. Four cesarean-born women participated in the study. Each completed the questionnaire and was interviewed by telephone about the statements she thought best applied to her experience. Three themes emerged: (a) interruption, (b) motivation to achieve, and (c) offering help even when it is not requested. This study supports research suggesting that (a) people remember birth implicitly and (b) persons born by c-section share attitudes, behaviors, and other characteristics.


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