What Are They Talking About? Is Something Wrong? Information Sharing During the Second Stage of Labor

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  • Susan McKay RN, PhD,

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    1. Susan McKay is Professor of Nursing and Women's Studies at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Susan Yager Smith is a graduate student at the University of Wyoming and a staff nurse in the Family Care Unit at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyoming.
      Address correspondence to Susan McKay, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming, PO Box 3065, Laramie, WY 82071–3065.
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  • Susan Yager Smith RN, Bs

    1. Susan McKay is Professor of Nursing and Women's Studies at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Susan Yager Smith is a graduate student at the University of Wyoming and a staff nurse in the Family Care Unit at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyoming.
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  • This research was supported by grant IROINR015003 from the National Nursing Research Center, National Institutes of Health, US. Department of Health and Human Services.

Address correspondence to Susan McKay, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming, PO Box 3065, Laramie, WY 82071–3065.

ABSTRACT

Twenty postpartal women were shown videotapes of their second stage labors and simultaneously interviewed. During separate interviews, their 25 caregivers were also shown the videotapes and interviewed. The interviews were analyzed for major themes, one of which was sharing information during labor. Although women and caregivers appeared to agree about what information laboring women require and how it should be given, caregiver perceptions of the quality of their information giving were more positive than mothers' perceptions. Many women wanted more informational support, especially in alleviating unvoiced fears about their baby's health. (BIRTH 20:3, September 1993)

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