Intrapartum midwifery care impact Swedish couple's birth experiences — A cross-sectional study

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Background: Parents’ birth experiences affect bonding with their infant, which in turn may influence the child's future health. Parents’ satisfaction with childbirth is multi-dimensional and dependent on both expectations and experiences. Increasing involvement of partners in intrapartum care may lead to an assumption that the birthing couple shares attitudes and expectations of intrapartum care. There is a limited knowledge regarding the uniformity of couples’ experiences of labour and birth. Aim: To describe and compare uniformity in couples’ birth experiences of the quality of intrapartum midwifery care. Method: A quantitative cross-sectional study nested within a randomised controlled trial. In total 209 healthy primiparous mothers and their partners were recruited. A quality of care index was generated from an on-line questionnaire administered as a follow-up to the randomised controlled trial. Uniformity and differences were identified regarding the coupleś experiences of birth and their preferences for intrapartum care Results: A high level of uniformity between the mothers and their partners was revealed. Birth was a positive experience for 79% of partners and 73% of mothers whom were more likely to have experienced a spontaneous vaginal birth. Partners and mothers with a less positive birth experienced deficiencies regarding: being in control, receiving information about labour progress and midwife's presence in labour room. Discussion: Midwives can enhance couples’ feeling of being in control during labour and birth by being attentive, present and continuously providing adequate information and emotional support.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Helsingborg Hospital
  • Uppsala universitet, Historiska institutionen
  • Södersjukhuset

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Reproduktionsmedicin och gynekologi
  • Omvårdnad


Sidor (från-till)213-220
TidskriftWomen and Birth
Tidigt onlinedatum2018 jan 1
StatusPublished - 2019
Peer review utfördJa