Western Australian women's perceptions of the style and quality of midwifery postnatal care in hospital and at home

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dc.contributor.author Fenwick, Jennifer en_US
dc.contributor.author Butt, Janice en_US
dc.contributor.author Dhaliwal, Satvinder en_US
dc.contributor.author Hauck, Yvonne en_US
dc.contributor.author Schmied, Virginia en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T06:24:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-07T06:24:21Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2009000873 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Fenwick Jennifer et al. 2010, 'Western Australian women's perceptions of the style and quality of midwifery postnatal care in hospital and at home', Elsevier Inc, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 10-21. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1031-170X en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/13742
dc.description.abstract Aim and background: An important part of maternity service provision is the care provided by midwives in the immediate postpartum period. Evidence suggests that postpartum morbidity and its impact on women's health after childbirth is an area of genuine concern. In Western Australia there is limited information on women's postpartum health needs and/or the quality of midwifery care provided in hospital and at home. This paper describes Western Australian (WA) women's perceptions of midwifery care in the early postpartum period. Method: A cross-sectional, self report survey was used to describe the practical, emotional and informational support provided by midwives in the initial postpartum period. A questionnaire, specially designed for this population, was posted at 8 weeks postpartum to every woman with a registered live birth in WA between February and June 2006. Completed questionnaires were received from 2699 women. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics, t-tests and chi-squared. Results: Results indicate that overall, women were happy with most aspects of midwifery care related to practical advice and assistance in relation to baby care and their immediate physical recovery. Areas that received a less positive rating were related to providing consistent advice, availability of the midwife, emotional care and information on maternal health needs, immunisation and contraception. In general, first time mothers rated both the style and quality of care more negatively than multiparous women. There was a trend by women accessing private hospital care to rank their care less favourably. There were minimal differences noted between women in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas. Midwifery care at home was rated very positively and significantly better than hospital care (p ? 0.002). Conclusion: en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Inc en_US
dc.title Western Australian women's perceptions of the style and quality of midwifery postnatal care in hospital and at home en_US
dc.parent Women and Birth en_US
dc.journal.volume 23 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 10 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 21 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Center for Midwifery, Child and Family Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 111000 en_US
dc.personcode 044296 en_US
dc.personcode 0000052063 en_US
dc.personcode 0000054759 en_US
dc.personcode 0000052061 en_US
dc.personcode 950008 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Midwifery care, Postnatal period, Consistent advice, Emotional care, Models of care, Primiparous, Multiparous en_US
dc.staffid 950008 en_US

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