Women's Perceptions of Nursing Support during Labor
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 23, Issue 8, pages 638–644, October 1994
How to Cite
BRYANTON, J., FRASER-DAVEY, H. and SULLIVAN, P. (1994), Women's Perceptions of Nursing Support during Labor. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 23: 638–644. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1994.tb01933.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2006
- Accepted: July 1993
Objective: To determine which nursing support behaviors new mothers rate as most helpful in assisting them to cope with labor.
Design: A retrospective study using quantitative and qualitative approaches, including a ranking of means and a content analysis.
Setting: The postpartum unit of a tertiary-care hospital in eastern Canada.
Participants: Eighty postpartum women, most Of whom were married, employed, and 20–33 years of age.
Interventions: Within 72 hours of their labor women rated 25 nursing support behaviors. Main outcome measures: The perceived degree of helpfulness of 25 nursing support behaviors.
Results: All 25 behaviors were perceived as helpful. The most helpful behaviors included making the woman feel cared about as an individual, giving praise, appearing calm and confident, assisting with breathing and relaxing, and treating the woman with respect. Behaviors in the emotional support category were the most helpful.
Conclusions: Nurses can assist women to cope with the stress of labor. They must use a high degree of interpersonal skills in the care of laboring women in addition to being technically competent.