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Listening to Women: Focus group discussions of what women want from postnatal care

WA Butchart
Curationis | Vol 22, No 4 | a739 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v22i4.739 | © 1999 WA Butchart | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1999 | Published: 27 September 1999

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WA Butchart,, South Africa

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Abstract

Postpartum care is an essential part of the experience of childbirth and parenthood. This study explores what women want from postnatal care. Three focus groups, using a semi-structured format, were conducted. A total of 12 mothers, up to six weeks postpartum, participated in the study, which was conducted in two clinics in the Western Cape Metropole. Data was transcribed from taped sessions and analysed using Burnard’s (1991) model of “thematic content analysis” . Seven major categories were identified: Information, Support, Organisation of services, Attitudes of the health team, Contact with other mothers, Practical assistance and Other services. Listening to women is an essential element in the provision of flexible and responsive postnatal care that meets the felt needs of women and families.

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