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Caesarean section deliveries: Experiences of mothers of midwifery care at a public hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay

Thobeka P. Jikijela, Sindiwe James, Balandeli S.I. Sonti
Curationis | Vol 41, No 1 | a1804 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v41i1.1804 | © 2018 Thobeka P. Jikijela, Sindiwe James, Balandeli S.I. Sonti | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 March 2017 | Published: 30 January 2018

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Thobeka P. Jikijela, Department of Nursing Science, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Sindiwe James, Department of Nursing Science, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Balandeli S.I. Sonti, Department of Nursing Science, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The rate of caesarean section deliveries has increased globally and mothers are faced with challenges of postoperative recovery and caring thereof. Midwives have a duty to assist these mothers to self-care.
Objective: The objective was to explore and describe experiences of post-caesarean section delivered mothers of midwifery care at a public hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Methods: A qualitative, descriptive and explorative research design was used in the study. Data were collected from 11 purposively criterion-selected mothers who had a caesarean section delivery. One-on-one semi-structured interviews were conducted in the post-natal wards. Research ethics, namely autonomy, beneficence, justice and informed consent, were adopted in the study. All participants were informed of their right to withdraw from the study at any stage without penalties. Interviews were analysed using Tesch’s method of data analysis.
Results: Three main themes were identified as experiences of: diverse pain, physical limitation and frustration and health care services as different.
Conclusion: Experiences of mothers following a caesarean section delivery with midwifery services at a public hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay were explored and described as diverse. A need for adequate pain management as well as assistance and breastfeeding support to mothers following caesarean delivery was identified as crucial to promote a good mother-to-child relationship.

Keywords

Caesarean section delivery; mothers’ experiences; midwifery care; public hospitals

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