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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2017 Dec 11;25:e2953. doi: 10.1590/1518-8345.2007.2953.

Birth plan compliance and its relation to maternal and neonatal outcomes.

[Article in English, Portuguese, Spanish]

Author information

1
PhD, Researcher, Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba (IMIBIC).
2
MSc, RN, Hospital San Juan de Dios, Córdoba, Espain.
3
PhD, Full Professor, Researcher, Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba (IMIBIC).

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

to know the degree of fulfillment of the requests that women reflect in their birth plans and to determine their influence on the main obstetric and neonatal outcomes.

METHOD:

retrospective, descriptive and analytical study with 178 women with birth plans in third-level hospital. Inclusion criteria: low risk gestation, cephalic presentation, single childbirth, delivered at term. Scheduled and urgent cesareans without labor were excluded. A descriptive and inferential analysis of the variables was performed.

RESULTS:

the birth plan was mostly fulfilled in only 37% of the women. The group of women whose compliance was low (less than or equal to 50%) had a cesarean section rate of 18.8% and their children had worse outcomes in the Apgar test and umbilical cord pH; while in women with high compliance (75% or more), the percentage of cesareans fell to 6.1% and their children had better outcomes.

CONCLUSION:

birth plans have a low degree of compliance. The higher the compliance, the better is the maternal and neonatal outcomes. The birth plan can be an effective tool to achieve better outcomes for the mother and her child. Measures are needed to improve its compliance.

PMID:
29236838
PMCID:
PMC5738855
DOI:
10.1590/1518-8345.2007.2953
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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