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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title First-time mothers' satisfaction with their birth experience : a cross-sectional study
Author Johansson, Christel ; Finnbogadottir, Hafrun
Date 2019
English abstract
Objective: To explore first-time mothers' satisfaction with their birth experience using Visual Analog Scale and to identify possible risk factors for a negative birth experience. Design: A cross-sectional design using retrospective data collection from electronic medical files. Setting: A birthing center in southern Sweden, which has approximately 1400 births annually. Participants: Primiparous women (N = 584) who gave birth during 2017. The cut-off point for a negative birth experience was set as <= 4 on the Visual Analog Scale. Measurements and findings: The mean age of the women was 29 years (SD 5.1; range 16-47 years). Prevalence of a negative birth experience was 9.6%. The strongest risk factors for a negative birth experience were having obstetric anal sphincter injuries (AOR 2.8 CI 95% 1.1-7.2) and oxytocin augmentation started in the first stage of labor (AOR 2.2 CI 95% 1.1-4.4). Key conclusions: Women who had their labours augmented with oxytocin or sustained an anal sphincter injury were statistically significantly more likely to have a negative birth experience. However, it is uncertain whether the women scored pain experience or birth experience when they reported their satisfaction on the Visual Analog Scale; further investigation is required. Implications for practice: It is important to use a reliable and validated instrument to measure birth experience in order to promote respectful and supportive care for new mothers. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2019.102540 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Midwifery;
Volume 79
ISSN 0266-6138
Language eng (iso)
Subject Birth experience
Childbirth
Measurement
Patient satisfaction
Risk factors
Visual Analog Scale
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
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