Care Received by Women During Labour at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
Background: Care provided during childbirth has significant relevance to the birth outcomes, as routine harmful practices may contribute to complications interfering with the women’s health and autonomy. Care during labour is aimed towards achieving the best possible physical, emotional and psychological outcome for the woman. The adequacy of health care services women receives during pregnancy, intra-natal and postnatal periods are crucial for the survival and well-being of the mother and her new-born baby.
Objective: The aim of study was to assess care received by women during labour.
Methodology: A descriptive observational design was used in the study. One hundred and fifteen women in active labour were selected through purposive sampling method. Data were collected by using structured observational checklist. Data were analysed by using SPSS version 10; frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation.
Result: Women receive adequate care (81.2%) in Infection Prevention (IP), ccommunication, support and companionship (70.1%), respectful maternity care (79.7%), first stage of labour (62.4%), second stage of labour (56.9%), third stage of labour (98.8%) and recording and reporting (78.2%). But in overall, only few (3.5%) women received adequate care and majority (96.5%) of women received average care and with mean percentage care score 65.9 with 52.72 ±SD.
Conclusion: The study revealed that the majority of the women were received average care and only few women received adequate care. It is indicated that trainings and onsite coaching for maternity care providers is essential to ensure provision of standard care during labour.
Keywords - Care, Labour, Women