The birth satisfaction scale

Hollins-Martin, CJ and Fleming, V 2011, 'The birth satisfaction scale' , International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 24 (2) , pp. 124-135.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a psychometric scale – the birth satisfaction scale (BSS) – for assessing women’s birth perceptions. Design/methodology/approach – Literature review and transcribed research-based perceived birth satisfaction and dissatisfaction expression statements were converted into a scored questionnaire. Findings – Three overarching themes were identified: service provision (home assessment, birth environment, support, relationships with health care professionals); personal attributes (ability to cope during labour, feeling in control, childbirth preparation, relationship with baby); and stress experienced during labour (distress, obstetric injuries, receiving sufficient medical care, obstetric intervention, pain, long labour and baby’s health). Research limitations/implications – Women construct their birth experience differently. Views are directed by personal beliefs, reactions, emotions and reflections, which alter in relation to mood, humour, disposition, frame of mind and company kept. Nevertheless, healthcare professionals can use BSS to assess women’s birth satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Scores measure their service quality experiences. Social implications – Scores provide a global measure of care that women perceived they received during labour. Originality/value – Finding out more about what causes birth satisfaction and dissatisfaction helps maternity care professionals improve intra-natal care standards and allocate resources effectively. An attempt has been made to capture birth satisfaction’s generalised meaning and incorporate it into an evidence-based measuring tool.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0952-6862
Depositing User: CJ Hollins Martin
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 15:59
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:50

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