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Maternal Satisfaction and Experience with Skin to Skin Contact Immediately After Cesarean Birth: Implications for Practice

Clinger, Terri
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Clinger, Terri
Boitnott, Amy
Objective: To describe the relationship of immediate skin to skin contact after cesarean birth on maternal satisfaction and patient experience. Design: A descriptive design Setting: A community hospital in southeastern US with approximately 4,000 deliveries per year. Participants: Mothers between the ages of 18-44 who had delivered by cesarean section Methods: The participants were asked to complete two questionnaires: the Modified QMAALD questionnaire to measure maternal satisfaction and the Picker Patient Questionnaire to measure patient experience. The questionnaires were completed 12-72 hours after giving birth. The scores were compared to the separation time between birth and first contact with mother. Results: Thirty mothers completed both questionnaires. Women under 30 (66.6% versus 23.5%) felt their experience met their expectation for delivery and non-Caucasian women (72.8% versus 16.6%) felt more in control and a valued member of the team than Caucasian women and women over 30. There was no significant relationship found between separation time and scores. Conclusion: While there was no significant relationship between separation time and higher scores, over 80% of mothers who experienced skin to skin contact after cesarean birth reported overall satisfaction and patient experience. Further research needs to be conducted to explore the relationship further in a different environment.
University of Virginia, School of Nursing, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), 2017
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DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
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