Give birth without an epidural. Those who choose it are more satisfied
Mothers who have a vaginal delivery without an epidural and those who are accompanied by a relative during the delivery are more satisfied with the experience of bringing a child to the world than the others, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University's Nursing Department. of Granada and the University Hospital San Cecilio de Granada.
The research has been published in the journal Hospital Nutrition and among its conclusions reveals that the attitude of the health personnel and initiate breastfeeding early are two other factors that influence the level of satisfaction of women.
Satisfaction in childbirth and duration of breastfeeding
To carry out this research, the scientists followed 60 mothers from a sample of 2,800 women who gave birth in the University Hospital San Cecilio de Granada between August 2011 and August 2012, who were analyzed 24 hours after giving birth, still in the hospital, and at 14 days, by telephone. At 3 months, they followed up on the baby's diet.
The results showed that, in general, the overall level of satisfaction about childbirth in the studied population is high, although they discovered that there were parameters that "have a very positive influence" on the level of satisfaction of women, and one of them was not the epidural.
The objective of the work has been identify the degree of satisfaction of the woman regarding delivery care, the accompaniment during the birth and the duration of breastfeeding.
Identifying the satisfaction of women during childbirth "serves as an instrument to increase the quality of care, makes it possible to project the continuous improvement of those weak aspects and reinforce the strong points found", explains the main author of this study, the nursing professor of the University of Granada Mª José Aguilar Cordero.
"Being or not satisfied at the time of delivery is related to the duration of breastfeeding in the mother. There is a higher percentage of mothers who continue breastfeeding at three months if they have been satisfied at birth, compared to those mothers who have been less satisfied, "he adds.