Patient participation in alternative perinatal care: Impact on satisfaction and health locus of control

Authors

  • Dr. V. M. Littlefield Ph.D.,

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    1. Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison
    • Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, Wl 53792
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  • Ms. B. N. Adams

    1. Associate Professor/Clinician II, School of Nursing, University of Rochester in Rochester
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Abstract

Women's degree of participation, satisfaction, and change in health locus of control after giving birth in an alternative birthing unit was examined. A quasiexperimental two-group design of convenience samples (N = 99) was used to compare differences and evaluate the care given. An alternative birthing experience increased women's sense of participation and related to women's satisfaction, but did not change internal scores on the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scales. Women's reliance on powerful others increased post delivery. Complications were negatively related to selected aspects of women's satisfaction in labor and delivery, but positively related to satisfaction with antepartal care.

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