The Role of Women’s Attitudinal Profiles in Satisfaction with the Quality of their Antenatal and Intrapartum Care
2013 (English)In: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, ISSN 0884-2175, E-ISSN 1552-6909, Vol. 42, no 4, 428-441 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
To compare perceptions of antenatal and intrapartum care in women categorized into three profiles based on attitudes and fear.
Prospective longitudinal cohort study using self-report questionnaires. Profiles were constructed from responses to the Birth Attitudes Profile Scale and the Fear of Birth Scale at pregnancy weeks 18 to 20. Perception of the quality of care was measured using the Quality from Patient's Perspective index at 34 to 36 weeks pregnancy and 2 months after birth.
Two hospitals in Sweden and Australia.
Five hundred and five (505) pregnant women from one hospital in Vasternorrland, Sweden (n=386) and one in northeast Victoria, Australia (n=123).
Women were categorized into three profiles: self-determiners, take it as it comes, and fearful. The self-determiners reported the best outcomes, whereas the fearful were most likely to perceive deficient care. Antenatally the fearful were more likely to indicate deficiencies in medical care, emotional care, support received from nurse-midwives or doctors and nurse-midwives'/doctors' understanding of the woman's situation. They also reported deficiencies in two aspects of intrapartum care: support during birth and control during birth.
Attitudinal profiling of women during pregnancy may assist clinicians to deliver the style and content of antenatal and intrapartum care to match what women value and need. An awareness of a woman's fear of birth provides an opportunity to offer comprehensive emotional support with the aim of promoting a positive birth experience.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 42, no 4, 428-441 p.
Fear of birth, attitudes, profiling, satisfaction, childbirth
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Research subject Obstetrics and Gynaecology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-185080DOI: 10.1111/1552-6909.12221ISI: 000321822800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-185080DiVA: diva2:570595