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|Title: ||Experiences of women receiving childbirth care from public health facilities in Kumasi, Ghana|
|Authors: ||Dzomeku, Veronica Millicent|
van Wyk, Brian
Lori, Jody R.
|Issue Date: ||2017|
|Citation: ||Midwifery 55 (2017) 90–95|
|Abstract: ||Objective: to explore women's experiences with childbirth care in Kumasi, Ghana.
Design: exploratory, qualitative research design using in-depth interviews and content analysis.
Setting: four public health facilities in Kumasi, Ghana.
Participants: fifty-six women attending either antenatal or postnatal care at the four public health facilities.
Measurements and findings: individual in-depth interviews were used to explore women's experiences with
childbirth care. Mothers had both encouraging and discouraging experiences during care, which influenced their
willingness to seek assisted health care during childbirth in the future. Participants who had experiences of
empathetic support and continuous labour support and attention reported these to be encouraging. Other
participants reported discouraging experiences such as disrespectful care and inadequate communication and
involvement in care decisions.
Key conclusions: Women in our study wanted to be seen as partners in the care process and not subordinate to
Implications for practice: Midwives and student midwives must be given the tools and support to deliver
patient-centred childbirth care.|
|Description: ||An article published in Midwifery 55 (2017) 90–95|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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