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Birth Satisfaction Scale/Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS/BSS-R): A large scale United States planned home birth and birth centre survey

Fleming, Susan E.; Donovan-Batson, Colleen; Burduli, Ekaterina; Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina; Hollins Martin, Caroline J.; Martin, Colin R.

Authors

Susan E. Fleming

Colleen Donovan-Batson

Ekaterina Burduli

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

Caroline J. Hollins Martin

Colin R. Martin



Abstract

Objective
to explore the prevalence of birth satisfaction for childbearing women planning to birth in their home or birth centers in the United States. Examining differences in birth satisfaction of the home and birth centers; and those who birthed in a hospital using the 30-item Birth Satisfaction Scale (BSS) and the 10-item Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R).

Study design
a quantitative survey using the BSS and BSS-R were employed. Additional demographic data were collected using electronic linkages (Qualtrics™).

Participants
a convenience sample of childbearing women (n=2229) who had planned to birth in their home or birth center from the US (United States) participated. Participants were recruited via professional and personal contacts, primarily their midwives.

Results
the total 30-item BSS score mean was 128.98 (SD 16.92) and the 10-item BSS-R mean score was 31.94 (SD 6.75). Sub-scale mean scores quantified the quality of care provision, women's personal attributes, and stress experienced during labour. Satisfaction was higher for women with vaginal births compared with caesareans deliveries. In addition, satisfaction was higher for women who had both planned to deliver in a home or a birth centre, and who had actually delivered in a home or a birth center.

Key conclusions
total and subscale birth satisfaction scores were positive and high for the overall sample

Implications for practice
the BSS and the BSS-R provide a robust tool to quantify women's experiences of childbirth between variables such as birth types, birth settings and providers.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Journal Midwifery
Print ISSN 0266-6138
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Pages 9-15
APA6 Citation Fleming, S. E., Donovan-Batson, C., Burduli, E., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Hollins Martin, C. J., & Martin, C. R. (2016). Birth Satisfaction Scale/Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS/BSS-R): A large scale United States planned home birth and birth centre survey. Midwifery, 41, 9-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.07.008
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.07.008
Keywords Birth satisfaction; Home birth; Birth centre; Labour
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613816301176?via%3Dihub
Copyright Statement © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Birth Satisfaction Scale/Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS/BSS-R): A large scale United States planned home birth and birth centre survey; Journal Title: Midwifery; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.07.008; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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