Journal article

Women's views of postnatal care in the context of the increasing pressure on postnatal beds in Australia.

Helen L McLachlan, Lisa Gold, Della A Forster, Jane Yelland, Joanne Rayner, Sharon Rayner

Women and Birth | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite limited evidence evaluating early postnatal discharge, length of hospital stay has declined dramatically in Australia since the 1980s. The recent rising birth rate in Victoria, Australia has increased pressure on hospital beds, and many services have responded by discharging women earlier than planned, often with little preparation during pregnancy. We aimed to explore the views of women and their partners regarding a number of theoretical postnatal care 'packages' that could provide an alternative approach to early postnatal care. METHODS: Eight focus groups and four interviews were held in rural and metropolitan Victoria in 2006 with participants who had experienced a m..

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