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Comparative study analysing women's childbirth satisfaction and obstetric outcomes across two different models of maternity care
  1. Ma Belén Conesa Ferrer1,
  2. Manuel Canteras Jordana2,
  3. Carmen Ballesteros Meseguer3,
  4. César Carrillo García4,
  5. M Emilia Martínez Roche4
  1. 1Department of Nursing at the University of Murcia, Midwife in the University Hospital of Torrevieja, Murcia, Spain
  2. 2Department of Statistics, Murcia University, Murcia, Spain
  3. 3Department of Nursing at the University of Murcia, Midwife in the University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain
  4. 4Department of Nursing, Murcia University, Murcia, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ma Belén Conesa Ferrer; mb.conesaferrer{at}


Objectives To describe the differences in obstetrical results and women's childbirth satisfaction across 2 different models of maternity care (biomedical model and humanised birth).

Setting 2 university hospitals in south-eastern Spain from April to October 2013.

Design A correlational descriptive study.

Participants A convenience sample of 406 women participated in the study, 204 of the biomedical model and 202 of the humanised model.

Results The differences in obstetrical results were (biomedical model/humanised model): onset of labour (spontaneous 66/137, augmentation 70/1, p=0.0005), pain relief (epidural 172/132, no pain relief 9/40, p=0.0005), mode of delivery (normal vaginal 140/165, instrumental 48/23, p=0.004), length of labour (0–4 hours 69/93, >4 hours 133/108, p=0.011), condition of perineum (intact perineum or tear 94/178, episiotomy 100/24, p=0.0005). The total questionnaire score (100) gave a mean (M) of 78.33 and SD of 8.46 in the biomedical model of care and an M of 82.01 and SD of 7.97 in the humanised model of care (p=0.0005). In the analysis of the results per items, statistical differences were found in 8 of the 9 subscales. The highest scores were reached in the humanised model of maternity care.

Conclusions The humanised model of maternity care offers better obstetrical outcomes and women's satisfaction scores during the labour, birth and immediate postnatal period than does the biomedical model.

  • Woman’s satisfaction
  • humanized childbirth
  • biomedical model
  • midwife

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