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Measuring women's experiences of childbirth using the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)

Hollins Martin, Caroline; Martinez, Lucia Jimenez; Martin, Colin


Caroline Hollins Martin

Lucia Jimenez Martinez

Colin Martin


© 2020 MA Healthcare Ltd. Birth satisfaction relates to women's perceptions of their childbirth experience, with importance placed on the midwife to improve standards of the intranatal care provided. With evaluating intranatal care in mind, this paper aims to educate midwives about one particular method of measuring women's experiences of labour, which involves using the valid and reliable Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R). The BSS-R is a 10-item self-report valid and reliable measure, which is recommended by the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) as the 'method of choice' for evaluating women's 'birth experience'. Since the ICHOM began recommending the BSS-R as part of its pregnancy and childbirth standard set, the scale (at time of print) has been used in 39 countries and 134 sites around the world.


Hollins Martin, C., Martinez, L. J., & Martin, C. (2020). Measuring women's experiences of childbirth using the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R). British Journal of Midwifery, 28(5), 306-312.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 30, 2020
Online Publication Date May 7, 2020
Publication Date May 2, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 3, 2020
Journal British Journal of Midwifery
Print ISSN 0969-4900
Electronic ISSN 2052-4307
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 5
Pages 306-312
Keywords Childbirth, Birth experience; Birth satisfaction; Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised; Midwives validation
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