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Lack of care? Women’s experiences of maternity bladder management

Lack of care? Women’s experiences of maternity bladder management
Lack of care? Women’s experiences of maternity bladder management
A healthy urinary system is vital to every womans life, and the relationship between childbirth and bladder dysfunction has been well documented in the medical literature. Aims To explore womens bladder care experiences during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. Methods An exploratory, descriptive research study with nine indepth semi-structured interviews. Findings Thematic analysis showed three themes: muddling through to earn "a badge of honour", caring for a baby, but who cares for me? and do you speak bladder language? with an overarching theme of lack of bladder care. Womens experiences reflected a lack of understanding, information, and promotion regarding bladder care, aggravated by the use of ambiguous language when professionals communicated with women about bladder health. Conclusions Bladder care was very limited for women during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum period although reports of urinary incontinence were frequent. Bladder care could therefore be characterised as lack of bladder care. Clinicians should become more proactive in delivering information and promoting bladder health during these periods but that attention needs to be paid to communication methods.
0969-4900
15-25
Gutiérrez, Verónica Blanco
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Fader, Mandy
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Monga, Ash
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Kitson-Reynolds, Ellen
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Gutiérrez, Verónica Blanco
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Fader, Mandy
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Monga, Ash
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Kitson-Reynolds, Ellen
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Gutiérrez, Verónica Blanco, Fader, Mandy, Monga, Ash and Kitson-Reynolds, Ellen (2019) Lack of care? Women’s experiences of maternity bladder management. British Journal of Midwifery, 27 (1), 15-25. (doi:10.12968/bjom.2019.27.1.15).

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A healthy urinary system is vital to every womans life, and the relationship between childbirth and bladder dysfunction has been well documented in the medical literature. Aims To explore womens bladder care experiences during the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. Methods An exploratory, descriptive research study with nine indepth semi-structured interviews. Findings Thematic analysis showed three themes: muddling through to earn "a badge of honour", caring for a baby, but who cares for me? and do you speak bladder language? with an overarching theme of lack of bladder care. Womens experiences reflected a lack of understanding, information, and promotion regarding bladder care, aggravated by the use of ambiguous language when professionals communicated with women about bladder health. Conclusions Bladder care was very limited for women during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum period although reports of urinary incontinence were frequent. Bladder care could therefore be characterised as lack of bladder care. Clinicians should become more proactive in delivering information and promoting bladder health during these periods but that attention needs to be paid to communication methods.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 October 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 January 2019
Published date: January 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 429900
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429900
ISSN: 0969-4900
PURE UUID: 3f93e738-b141-4eab-9e61-da37749c4e1f
ORCID for Ellen Kitson-Reynolds: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8099-883X

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Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 04:03

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