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Research Paper | Nursing | India | Volume 12 Issue 11, November 2023
A Phenomenological Study of Parturient Women's Experience of Childbirth
Manimegalai M  | Dr. Susila C | Dr. Padmavathi
Abstract: Background of the study: Childbirth has been described as an intense psychological experience in a woman?s lifetime that leaves her with vivid memories which may be positive or negative .Respectful and inclusive care is a key element of the provision of quality maternity care. Women who feel safe, supported, respected and able to participate in shared decision-making are likely to have more positive childbirth experiences. A lack of Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) from medical professionals such as doctors and midwives may cause patients to be dissatisfied with the healthcare system and reduce their requirement to seek antenatal (ANC), delivery, and postnatal care services in the health facilities. Method: A qualitative study employing a phenomenological research design to explore the lived child birth experience among primi parturient woman was carried out in 2 hospitals at Erode. A total of 20 key informant interviews were done. 10 parturient women received Respectful maternity care & 10 parturient women received traditional care were selected by purposive sampling techniques in the selected public health facilities. The data were collected using a Semi-structured in-depth interview guide with open-ended questions which consisted oflived-in experience of childbirth among parturient women. Questions were asked on the aspects of Professional support, Perceived safety, Own capacity, Decision making.All interviews were transcribed and translated verbatim into English. Data analysis was initiated alongside data collection using a thematic approach based on a priori identified themes and those emerged during the analysis. Results: This study discovered that Respectful maternity care play an important impact in birthing satisfaction. In the experimental group, mothers achieved empowerment, mutual commitment, Self Efficacy, Comfort, Respect, Reassurance, Reinforcement, Education, Information, Familiarity, Practicability, and Trust, Self-Distraction, Engagement, Social support, Best Practices, Religious coping, Relaxation, Sense of Control, Value, Judgment, and Self-Determination whereas in Control group, Hopelessness ,Helplessness, loneliness, Despair were found. According to the findings, Respectful maternity care & individualized emotional support empowers primi parturient mothers throughout their first birth and boosts their chances of having a positive child birth experience. Inadequate midwifery support could result in a negative birth experience. This shows that following a pleasant childbirth, parturient women?s potentials improved to maintain their health.
Keywords: Respectful maternity care, Positive child birth experience, Experimental group, Control Group, Decision making, Parturient women
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 11, November 2023,
Pages: 1222 - 1227