Spirituality in Childbearing Women
Lynn Clark Callister, RN, PhD, FAAN
Inaam Khalaf, RN, PhD
Childbearing is the ideal context within which to enrich spirituality. The purpose of this study was to
generate themes regarding spirituality and religiosity among culturally diverse childbearing women. A
secondary analysis was performed, using existing narrative data from cross-cultural studies of child-
bearing women. The following themes emerged from the data: childbirth as a time to grow closer to
God, the use of religious beliefs and rituals as powerful coping mechanisms, childbirth as a time to
make religiosity more meaningful, the significance of a Higher Power in influencing birth outcomes,
and childbirth as a spiritually transforming experience. In clinical settings, understanding the spiritual
dimensions of childbirth is essential. Assessments of childbearing women may include the question,
‘‘Do you have any spiritual beliefs that will help us better care for you?’’
The Journal of Perinatal Education, 19(2), 16–24, doi: 10.1624/105812410X495514
Keywords: spirituality, childbirth, birth experiences
Spirituality and religiosity are recognized as impor-
tant components of health and well-being. Women
have used prayer and other spiritual practices for
their own and others’ health concerns for thousands
of years (National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine, 2005). Most current literature
focuses on the spiritual health of individuals living
with chronic illnesses and those who are terminally
ill, whereas there is relatively little focus on spiritu-
ality or religiosity during the childbearing year.
However, a recent study documented the relation-
ship between religious involvement and health risk
behaviors in childbearing women, concluding that
such involvement was significantly correlated with
less-risk health behaviors (Page, Ellison, & Lee,
2009). Although spirituality and religiosity may
be related, women may be spiritual without being
religious, and more research on this association is
Childbearing and motherhood may be ideal con-
texts in which to enrich spirituality. Moloney (2007)
asserts that ‘‘cross-culturally and throughout his-
tory, pregnancy and childbirth have been perceived
as spiritual events because of the miraculous pro-
cesses involved’’ (p. 1). Birth narratives provide in-
sights into the connection between childbearing and
spirituality and present significant information
(Callister, 2004b; Rosato et al., 2006). ‘‘Birth stories
actually offer a powerful and rich source of data.
Greater emphasis needs
Discuss the question from the research with one of your clients or friends: Do you have any spiritual beliefs or religious practices that will help us provide better care for you during your pregnancy and birth? Submit their responses.
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