The purpose of this study was to identify the relations among husband’s supports during childbirth, attitudes toward husband’s childbirth presence, and the childbirth experiences in women.
The study was conducted at five women's hospital in the D city of Korea. The participants in this study were 178 women who were within 2 days after normal spontaneous vaginal delivery. Data were collected from September 1st to September 30th, 2013 using a structured questionnaire. Collected data were analysed by t-test, one way ANOVA, Pearson's correlation coefficient, and stepwise multiple regression using IBM SPSS/WIN Ver. 19.0 program.
(a) Husband’s total support scores was moderate. Physical support scores were under moderate, emotional support scores were over moderate, informational support scores were moderate. Attitudes toward husband’s childbirth presence were 'positive attitude'. Childbirth experience scores were over moderate.
(b) The significant factors affected on the women's childbirth experiences were husband's supports during childbirth (emotional supports)(β=.33), psychological preparation for childbirth (β=.28), attitudes toward husband's childbirth presence (β=.22), childbirth supporters to except for husband (β=.14). These variables explained 35% of the childbirth experiences in women.
Based on the outcomes of this study, in order to increase positive childbirth experiences in women, it would be necessary to develop nursing intervention programs that increasing husband's supports during childbirth (emotional supports), psychological preparation for childbirth, positive attitudes toward husband's childbirth presence, and childbirth supporters. Nurses should be more attention on participating in the process of childbirth as a family-centered nursing intervention.