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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2018;24(1):24-32.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2018.24.1.24    Published online March 20, 2018.
Length of Stay, Health Care Cost, Postpartum Discomfort, and Satisfaction with Medical Service in Puerperas Giving Birth in Midwifery Clinic and Hospitals
Mi Ran Park, Ju Young Lee
College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. jylee83@catholic.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
To determine traits related to pregnancy and delivery, length of stay, health care cost, postpartum discomfort, and satisfaction with medical service of puerperas giving birth in midwifery clinic and hospitals.
METHODS
This study used a comparative survey design. Data were collected from a total of 140 postpartum mothers composed of 70 mothers who gave births in two hospitals and another 70 mothers who delivered in one midwifery clinic.
RESULTS
Delivery in midwifery clinic had higher Apgar score at 1 minute and 5 minutes after birth than hospital. Those who delivered in midwifery clinic had shorter stay in the clinic, fewer health care cost, less postpartum discomfort in physical, environmental, social, and cultural areas, higher satisfaction with medical services than those who delivered in hospitals.
CONCLUSION
Results of this study can be used as a basis for studies on giving birth in midwifery clinic and hospitals. They might increase the autonomy of women in giving birth with positive effect on the delivery experience of the mother and her spouse.
Key Words: Midwifery; Parturition; Length of stay; Health care costs; Personal satisfaction
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