Background: Childbirth experiences are some of the most sensitive indicators of utilization of
health facilities for delivery purposes. Women who go through the child birthing process are
reported to be faced with either negative or positive experiences. This study therefore sought to
document women’s childbirth experiences.
Methods: The study was a qualitative exploratory using in-depth interviews to elicit information
from newly delivered women. Twelve participants were purposively selected from the obstetrics
and gynaecology unit of the Eastern Regional Hospital and interviewed. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Results were analyzed using thematic analysis and presented
under themes as narratives and supported with quotes.
Results: This study found that, some actions of health care staff towards labouring women
demoralized such women in the birthing process and resulted in negative birthing experiences.
Some of the participants however lauded some health care staff for responding swiftly to their
calls for help. It was also revealed that most women upon safe vaginal delivery of babies
expressed being fulfilled and satisfied with the process and described the experience as a positive
one irrespective of what they had gone through. Some also cited availability of support persons
as one factor which culminated into their positive birthing experiences.
Conclusions: Several factors such as sociodemographic characteristics, health system factors,
environmental factors, labour conditions and sociocultural factors have been identified to
influence birthing experiences. It is thus imperative that decision making skills, behavior of
healthcare staff within the labour and delivery rooms and professionalism of such staff be looked
at and improved upon. This will help women going into labour go through the process safely and
come out successfully with positive birthing experiences.
CDR, C (2021). Delivery In Health Facility: A Study Of The Birthing Experiences Of Women In The New Juabeng Municipality. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/delivery-in-health-facility-a-study-of-the-birthing-experiences-of-women-in-the-new-juabeng-municipality
Coalition, CDR. "Delivery In Health Facility: A Study Of The Birthing Experiences Of Women In The New Juabeng Municipality" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 07 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/delivery-in-health-facility-a-study-of-the-birthing-experiences-of-women-in-the-new-juabeng-municipality . Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.
Coalition, CDR. "Delivery In Health Facility: A Study Of The Birthing Experiences Of Women In The New Juabeng Municipality". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 07 Apr. 2021. Web. 11 Apr. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/delivery-in-health-facility-a-study-of-the-birthing-experiences-of-women-in-the-new-juabeng-municipality >.
Coalition, CDR. "Delivery In Health Facility: A Study Of The Birthing Experiences Of Women In The New Juabeng Municipality" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 11, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/delivery-in-health-facility-a-study-of-the-birthing-experiences-of-women-in-the-new-juabeng-municipality