Hong Kong Chinese women's perception of support from midwives during labour

Eleanor Holroyd, Lee Yin-king, Lisa Wong Pui-yuk, Frankie Yau Kwok-hong, Bonnie Leung Shuk-lin

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Objective: to identify what support from midwives Chinese women find most helpful in contributing to a positive labour and childbirth experience. Design: a quantitative study using a cross-sectional design was employed. Data were collected using a Chinese language version of the Bryanton Adaptation of Nursing Support in Labor Questionnaire. Setting: a postnatal ward in a Hong Kong public hospital. Participants: purposive sample of 30 Hong Kong Chinese women, from 24 to 38 hours after delivery. Key Findings: the category of 'informational support' with the specific behaviour of 'praise' was identified as the most supportive . Tangible support such as 'touching' was considered the least helpful behaviour. Implications for practice: suggestions are made for promoting culturally-sensitive midwifery care for Chinese women to include: 'saving face'; interpreting personal orientation; and supporting Chinese 'hot and cold' beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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