Women’s Satisfaction with their Birthing Experience

Document Type : Original Article


1 faculty of nursing Mansoura university

2 Lecturer of Woman's Health and Midwifery Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Mansoura University

3 Professor of Woman's Health and Midwifery Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Mansoura University


Background: Giving birth is a landmark experience in women’s life. The degree to which a woman is feeling pleased with the birthing process is one of the elements that either hinders or helps her efforts to establish a sense of herself as a capable mother. Aim: This study aimed to assess women’s satisfaction with their birthing experience. Design: A descriptive cross-sectional study design was used. Setting: This study was conducted at three settings in Mansoura city, Dakahlia governate. The first setting is Obstetric & Gynecological department and Labor & Delivery unit at Mansoura University Hospitals, the second setting is Mansoura New General Hospital and the third setting is Mansoura Old General Hospital. Sample type: A purposive sample was utilized. Study Sample: The study sample included 243 postpartum women. Tools: Two tools were used; a structured interview questionnaire and Mackey Childbirth Satisfaction Rating Scale. Results: More than half of the studied women weren't satisfied with their birthing experience, while less than one quarter of them were satisfied. Three quarters of them weren't satisfied with the overall care they received during delivery. There was a statistical significant association between the studied women satisfaction with their birthing experience and their demographic characteristics, obstetric history and mode of birth. Conclusion: The present study question was answered where postpartum women reported not satisfied with their birthing experience. Recommendation: Effective supervision, guidance & monitoring should be given to provide high quality medical and nursing care for parturient women to increase their satisfaction.