Comparison of Hospital Birthing and Alternative Birthing Options

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Running Head: HOSPITAL BIRTHS VS. ALTERNATIVE

Comparison of Hospital Birthing and Alternative Birthing Options Taylor Davis
Drury University

HOSPITAL BIRTHS VS. ALTERNATIVE
Abstract
Increasingly women are moving away from the traditional, unnatural child birthing option of hospital births, and embracing other options. This lead me to wonder what types of women are rejecting their parents ways of welcoming children into the world, and exploring alternative options that better suit their family. Homebirths, water births, doulas, and midwives are just a few of the options aside from a drug enduced hospital birth. Similarities and differences between these two groups of women have been identified, but overall, women just want their children to come into a safe, happy environment.

HOSPITAL BIRTHS VS. ALTERNATIVE
Introduction
The purpose of this study was to delve into the decision making processes of mothers-to-be. The key was to identify groups that embodied the undisputed most important decision an expectant mother can make: how the child will be welcomed into the world. The two groups identified for the assessments are the Traditional Hospital Birthing Group (Group A) and the Alternative Birthing Group (Group B). The goal of the study was not to reveal which option is best, but to uncover the mother’s overall personality characteristics, and to show that with becoming a parent, many difficult decisions are yet to come. Few research projects have been conducted in the context of the mother’s personality traits. Most of the projects have simply gone over the obvious factors which are the biographical data.

This study will show that participants who choose alternative birthing options will score higher on the Myer’s Life Satisfaction Scale than participants in the Traditional Hospital Birthing Options Group. It will also indicate that participants in the Alternative Birthing Options Group will have greater optimism (based on the Optimism/Pessimism Test given) than members of the Traditional Hospital Birthing Group. Lastly, this study will prove that participants in the Alternative Birthing Options Group will be more likely to have Type A personalities and participants who choose the Traditional Hospital Birthing Option will be more likely to be associated with Type B.

HOSPITAL BIRTHS VS. ALTERNATIVE
Methods
The two groups being compared are women who choose traditional hospital births versus women who choose alternative options. These groups will each be tested using the Myers Life Satisfaction Scale, the Glazer Personality Type Assessment, and an Optimism/Pessimism Test. The Myers Life Satisfaction Scale was developed by a brilliant Professor, Dr. Marybeth Myers, and her budding class of intellectuals in an upper level psychology course entitled Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences at Drury University. The Glazer Personality Type Assessment was created by Dr. Howard Glazer for his book, Executive Health. The Optimism/Pessimism Test is handed out to teachers in an Illinois elementary school district during the interview process. Each participant was informed that the three assessments are completely confidential, but not necessarily anonymous. Each group was divided (almost) equally into groups of 10 (Group A) and groups of 9 (Group B). One member of Group B was unable, or chose not to participate in the assessments. Biographical data sheets were attached to each participant’s assessment sheet, and all were told participation was completely voluntary. Group A was given the assessments in person, and each took around five to ten minutes to complete. Afterwards, the participant’s surveys were placed in a folder to be kept anonymous. Group B took the assessment in a different way. As many were not local, these participants were messaged the assessments via Facebook, and many did not complete until many weeks later. HOSPITAL BIRTHS VS. ALTERNATIVE

Results
Findings of this study showed...
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