Skip to main content

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

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


Caroline Hollins Martin

Lucia Jimenez Martinez

Colin Martin


Birth satisfaction relates to women’s perceptions of their childbirth experience, which consists of personality factors, and evaluations of the quality of care provided and stress experienced. The importance of measuring ‘birth satisfaction’ lies in desire to improve standards of intranatal care provided, through measuring impacts of interventions (i.e., home birth versus hospital birth) and exploring relationships with other important dimensions (i.e., postnatal depression, wellbeing & attachment). 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 (to date) has been used in 39 countries and 134 sites world-wide. If you would like to use the BSS-R, it can be accessed free of charge for clinical, research or educational purposes through contacting (

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 2, 2020
Journal British Journal of Midwifery
Print ISSN 0969-4900
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 5
Pages 306-312
APA6 Citation Hollins Martin, C., Jimenez Martinez, L., & 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.
Keywords Childbirth, Birth experience; Birth satisfaction; Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised; Midwives validation
Publisher URL