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Journal:   JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES   2017 , Volume 6 , Number 4; Page(s) 303 To 314.
 
Paper: 

A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES OF INTRAPARTUM NURSING CARE AT TAMALE TEACHING HOSPITAL (TTH), GHANA

 
 
Author(s):  AFAYA AGANI*, YAKONG VIDA N., AFAYA RICHARD A., SALIA SOLOMON M., ADATARA PETER, KUUG ANTHONY K., NYANDE FLEX K.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF NURSING, SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH AND ALLIED SCIENCES, HO, GHANA
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Labor and delivery process is an exciting, anxiety-provoking, but rewarding time for a woman and her family after successful delivery of a newborn. The intrapartum period is the time where mothers expect more care. Taking care of a mother through delivery with no side effects is the task of a professional midwife who is trained with the skill to take the responsibility of caring for mothers and babies. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore mother’s experiences regarding quality of intrapartum nursing/midwifery care.
Methods: Focused ethnographic study was employed. Data were collected from May to June 2016 TTH, Ghana using semi structured interview guide. Purposive sampling was employed to recruit 20 participants. Eight individual interviews were conducted in the post natal ward after 48 hours of delivery, followed by three focus group discussions two weeks after delivery when mothers visited post natal clinic. Interviews lasted for about 30-45 minutes during each session. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.
Results: The average age of women were 29 years with ranging from 19-43 years. Participants’ experiences of nursing/midwifery care during birth were influenced by reception and respect, provision of information, technical skill, providers’ behavior, pain management and availability of nurses/midwives.
Conclusion: The study findings have revealed that women’s experience of care is affected by a wide range of determinants. Therefore, maternal health programs and policies in Ghana must take into account women’s perspective on the care they need and their feedback on services they receive. Nursing education should re-enforce communication/relational skills.

 
Keyword(s): NURSING CARE, LABOR, DELIVERY, THEMATIC ANALYSIS
 
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