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Satisfaction with cesarean section: qualitative analysis of open-ended questions in a large postal survey.
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PMID:  17542819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Cesarean section rates throughout the developed world continue to rise. Although satisfaction with cesarean section has been widely studied, relatively little is known about the causes of "distress" that may contribute to dissatisfaction. The aim of this study was to explore the factors that women identified as "distressing" so as to understand their responses to standard questions on satisfaction. METHODS: A questionnaire study of 1,661 women who had delivered their first babies by cesarean section in Aberdeen, Scotland, between 1980 and 1995 elicited a 75 percent response rate and showed that 81 percent of women were satisfied with the experience. Nevertheless, 36 percent rated an aspect as distressing, and 42 percent provided written descriptions of one or more experiences that had distressed them. These responses were coded using content analysis into 5 major categories: before, during, and after the birth, psychological/general, and overall. RESULTS: The most distressing factors were of a psychological or general nature, with 66 percent of distressed women mentioning poor communications, fears, missing out on the birth or the immediate postpartum period, or other emotions. Events happening before, during, and after the birth caused 23, 45, and 44 percent of women to be distressed, respectively. Surgical complications and infections were distressing, but anesthesia was the single factor that caused most distress, leaving 102 women (20%) with unsatisfactory memories of the birth. CONCLUSIONS: The impact of cesarean birth on women's psychological well-being is highlighted by this study. Enhanced communication during labor and delivery, and preparation or education on issues surrounding cesarean section, can reduce distress and improve women's satisfaction with birth.
Maureen Porter; Edwin van Teijlingen; Livia Chi Ying Yip; Siladitya Bhattacharya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Birth (Berkeley, Calif.)     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0730-7659     ISO Abbreviation:  Birth     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-04     Completed Date:  2007-07-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302042     Medline TA:  Birth     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  148-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / psychology
Cesarean Section / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data*
Fear / psychology
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Mothers / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data*
Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
Regression Analysis
Retrospective Studies
Scotland / epidemiology
Socioeconomic Factors
Surgical Procedures, Elective / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Women's Health

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