A comparison of Women's Perceptions of Intrapartum Care Process, Childbirth Experience and Satisfaction with Nursing care between Normal Vaginal Birth and Cesarean section

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Manee Nakanakupt
Pilaiwan Jaichaun
Tasaneewan Purksametan



The purpose of this comparative descriptive research was to compare the women's perceptions of Intrapartum care process, childbirth experience and satisfaction with nursing care between normal vaginal birth and cesarean section. The samples were 359 postpartum women who were taken care in the labor room of Phathumthani Hospital during December 2015 to August 2016. The sample were specifically selected. Instruments used to collect data included demographic record form, intrapartum care process evaluation form with reliability .86, questionnaires on perceptions of labor experience with reliability .81 and satisfaction with nursing care evaluation form. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, Independent t-test, and Mann-Whitney U-test.

          The result shows that women with vaginal birth have moderate level for mean scores of perceptions of intrapartum care process ( =57.75, SD=15.09), perceptions of positive childbirth experience ( =76.96, SD=9.90), and satisfaction with nursing care ( =6.90, SD=2.11). The mean scores of these perceptions were higher than those women with cesarean section ( =54.87, SD=15.70; =72.91, SD=10.73; =6.81, SD=2.09, respectively). The perceptions of intrapartum care process and satisfaction with nursing care were not statistically significant difference between vaginal birth and cesarean section (t=1.783, p=.075; Z= -.449, p = .653, respectively). The perceptions of childbirth experiences were statistically significant difference of (t=3.679, p< .001). The findings suggested that nurses should promote the perceptions of positive childbirth experience to women with cesarean section and stimulate cuddling newborn and early breast feeding.


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