The influence of partners support and attendance on womens in labour frame of my mind

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Agnieszka Berkau

2 (43) 2015 s. 71–75
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Fraza do cytowania: Berkau A. The influence of partners support and attendance on womens in labour frame of my mind. Polski Przegląd Nauk o Zdrowiu. 2015;2(43):71–75.

Introduction. Childbirth is a culminating moment in a family life. It is essential to prepare to that event in a proper way. Especially, father’s involvement during pregnancy is of a high importance. In Poland, after the Congress „Quality of Birth – Quality of Life” in 1993 it became possible to have family labour and moreover a new style of midwifery services was introduced. Apart from medical aspects it includes some psychological and social ones. The most recent research shows that women are becoming less and less resistant to postpartum depression and that is why they are in dire need of support, encouragement, care and physical contact. In the article the approach of women towards the possibility of partner’s involvement during labour was examined. Additionally, the analysis of partner’s support on the well‑being of a pregnant woman was carried out. Aim. The main aim of the research is to check whether partner’s support and his presence during labour has any influence on woman’s well‑being. Material and methods: In order to perform the research the diagnostic survey method was used. As a research tool self‑made questionnaire consisting of 20 questions was prepared. As to participants 49 pregnant women or those who were in the first week of their postpartum period took part. They were all the patients of the Gynaecological and Obstetric Clinical Hospital in Poznań in April 2015. Results: It can be concluded that women really need support during labour and that the majority of them choose a partner as an escort. The women expect from their partners to hold them by their hands, to ensure a physical contact, moral support and to encourage her by his verbal messages. The best way of help is; however, to do all of these things at the same moment in order to facilitate her this task. Conclusions. A partner should be present during labour due to the fact that his presence helps a woman to feel safer and more self‑confident. Thanks to it she is calmer and labour goes more smoothly.

Key words: labour, family labour, father, partner during labour, well‑being.

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