Pregnant Women's Perceptions Regarding Nursing Care at the Time of Childbirth: A Qualitative Study in South Punjab Pakistan

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Adeela Qayyum
Mushtaq Ali
Syed Farjad Ali Shah
Tahira Nazir


Background: Patient satisfaction with nursing care during childbirth is a well-established indicator of healthcare quality. Previous research indicates that interpersonal nursing skills can significantly influence maternal satisfaction and delivery outcomes.

Objective: This study aimed to identify the expectations of nulliparous women regarding nursing care during childbirth at a tertiary care hospital in Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan.

Methods: A non-official, qualitative study was conducted over two months, involving 57 nulliparous women attending childbirth classes. A survey was distributed to capture women's expectations of the nursing role in labor and delivery. Responses were categorized using thematic analysis into direct supportive care, indirect care, and direct clinical care activities.

Results: Most responses emphasized the need for direct supportive care, with 53% highlighting the importance of physical comfort, emotional support, and informational guidance. Only 5% of the responses pertained to indirect clinical care, suggesting a strong preference for the nurse's continuous presence. Contrasting with these expectations, existing literature suggests that nurses spend a limited amount of their time providing such support.

Conclusion: There exists a discrepancy between the expected and actual nursing care received during childbirth, underscoring the need for improved communication and education about realistic labor support. Addressing this gap could lead to increased satisfaction and better health outcomes.

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Qayyum, A., Ali, M., Shah, S. F. A., & Nazir, T. (2024). Pregnant Women’s Perceptions Regarding Nursing Care at the Time of Childbirth: A Qualitative Study in South Punjab Pakistan. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(1), 1609–1615.
Author Biographies

Adeela Qayyum, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan.

Assistant Professor,MSc Nursing,Mphil Public Health,BSc Nursing, University College of Nursing, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Mushtaq Ali, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan.

Staff Nurse, BS. Nursing, MS Healthcare Management, University College of Nursing, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Syed Farjad Ali Shah, University College of Nursing Islamia University Bahawalpur Pakistan.

Lecturer, BS-Nursing, MS Healthcare Management (Hospital Management) University College of Nursing, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

Tahira Nazir, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan.

Nursing Superintendent,MSc Nursing,Post RN,General Nursing, University College of Nursing, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan.


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