The Birth of a Child as Experienced and Narrated in the 1990s Finland

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In this article, I examine the way Swedish-speaking first-time mothers
living in Finland narrate their experience of giving birth between 1993 and 1997.
The object is narrating about the moment of birth and experiential dimension
of giving birth. This includes an analysis of stylistic means used in narration,
and the points of narration. The material consists of childbirth stories told by 14
Swedish-speaking first-time mothers in interviews during the 1990s. I define the
story as a personal experience narrative. The stories show that the women’s experience is embodied. The birth-givers are more focused on giving birth than giving birth to a child and they relate to ambient norms and values in their narration.
Translated title of the contributionUpplevd och berättad födsel i 1990-talets Finland
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)125-150
Number of pages25
JournalFolklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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