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Evaluating Women’s Childbirth Experiences: A Cross-sectional Study From Iran
Samiyeh Kazemi1, Farzaneh Pazandeh2,3, Sedigheh Sedigh Mobarakabadi3, Sepideh Hajian3, Ali Montazeri4, Maryam Mousavi5
1Student Research Committee, Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2/sup>School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
3Midwifery and Reproductive Health Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Population Health Research Group, Health Metrics Research Center, Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, Tehran, Iran
5Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

DOI: 10.15296/ijwhr.2023.44
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Keywords : Childbirth, Experience, Women, Iran
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Abstract
Objectives: The experience of childbirth is a special event in women’s life, and it is an essential indicator for assessing the quality of care. This study aimed to evaluate women’s experiences of their own capacity, professional support, participation and perceived safety during labour and childbirth in a public hospital in Mazandaran (North of Iran).

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 300 low-risk postpartum women who gave birth to single, full-term (37-42 weeks) and healthy babies with no complications. Women were interviewed 4-12 weeks after birth using the Iranian version of the childbirth experience questionnaire (CEQ).

Results: The mean CEQ score was 45.08 ± 4.52. The highest and lowest scores were associated with the “own capacity” (17.32±2.63) and “participation” (5.87±1.74) domains, respectively, among the childbirth experience dimensions. Women felt capable and had confidence in their bodies for giving birth; however, they had little control over labour and childbirth.

Conclusions: To provide high-quality childbirth care and improve labouring women’s experiences in maternity services, it is recommended that the midwifery model of care be used for low-risk women. Preserving natural process of childbirth by promoting evidence-based and respectful childbirth care should be considered in any intervention for change.

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