Seeking to explore what matters to women about postnatal care

Wray, J 2006, 'Seeking to explore what matters to women about postnatal care' , British Journal of Midwifery, 14 (5) , pp. 246-254.

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It is already known that for many women hospital postnatal care is the least satisfying and valued part of their maternity care provision (Audit Commission, 1997). Furthermore, it continues to be reported that research in the area of postnatal care has been neglected leading to an insufficient body of knowledge and evidence to support postnatal care (MacArthur et al. 1991; Bick et al. 2001; Wray 2002). There are major issues in relation to the content and organisation of postnatal care, yet there has been limited revision to service delivery, which is struggling to cope when faced with a shortage of midwives. This local study sought to involve service users, notably newly delivered mothers and an established users group in a participatory manner to explore mothers’ experiences of postnatal care. A number of important factors emerged that provide further insights into what matters to women after birth. Postnatal care at home was highly regarded and valued by mothers in this study, but concerns continued to be raised about postnatal hospital care. Fundamental components of service delivery in hospital such as cleanliness and hygiene, visiting arrangements, noise, rest and support for infant feeding and baby care were key findings. This paper presents an overview of the study, discussing aspects of the hospital stay and reflections on the study.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0969-4900
Depositing User: Dr Julie Wray
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 13:24
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:34

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