An exploration of postpartum women's perspective on desired obstetric nursing qualities

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan, Kwan Sau Wong, Wing Man Lam, Ka Yi Wong, Yiu Cheung Kwok

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Aims and objectives: To gain an understanding of the perceptions of postpartum women regarding the desired nursing qualities of obstetric nurses. Background: Giving birth is one of the most memorable events in a woman's life. A positive birth experience can foster women's self-worth and promote family relationship. As obstetric nurses play an important role in facilitating birth-giving experiences, it is essential to explore postpartum women's desired nursing qualities of obstetric nurses. Design: Qualitative approach based on 15 individual semi-structural interviews Methods: Fifteen postpartum women who had given birth to healthy newborns were selected through purposive sampling approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and audio recorded in a private hospital in Hong Kong according to an interview guideline. Colaizzi's framework was used as a guideline to carry out interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: Five themes related to preferred obstetric nurses' qualities were captured: (1) providing information, (2) performing nursing skills in competent manner, (3) demonstrating a positive attitude, (4) attending to individual needs and (5) demonstrating cultural competence. Conclusion: Nurses who demonstrate their skills, knowledge and attitude as well as their ability to give physical, psychological and educational support to postpartum women will be able to enhance patients' positive labour experience, resulting in greater patient satisfaction. Relevance to clinical practice: By exploring postpartum women's desired qualities of obstetric nurses, nurses will gain a better understanding in their role and the definition of competent attitudes and skills. Nurses with preferred nursing qualities can enhance professional practice and patients' experience during the postpartum period, resulting in increased patient satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Nurse roles
  • Nursing qualities
  • Obstetric nurses
  • Perception
  • Postpartum care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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