Postpartum discharge readiness situation of women who had vaginal deliveries

Dag H., Donmez S., Sen E., Sirin A.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF THERAPEUTICS, vol.19, no.2, pp.65-70, 2013 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.5455/gmj-30-2012-115
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.65-70
  • Keywords: Education, patient discharge, postnatal care
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


This research was planned to evaluate postpartum discharge readiness situation of women who had vaginal deliveries at hospital as being a descriptive, cross sectional study. This research was made in a state hospital between 01.03.2012-01.04.2012 to 110 women who had vaginal deliveries. In data collection, individual data collection form, Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale-New Mother Form (R_HD-NMF) was used. The average age of participants was 25.30 +/- 5.32 and 38.2% of them have primary school education and 51.8% of them lived in the province the longest. 66.4% of mother's did not receive any information about discharge and 31.8% of them took it from nurses and nursing students. The first three mostly information given subjects to mothers before discharge are 47.3% baby's gas extraction, 46.4% perineal cleaning of the baby, 40.9% umbilical cord care and least information given subject is 87.3% postpartum exercises. 41.8% of the mothers stated that who helped them the most in the baby care is mothers in laws. 74.5% of the participants stated that they feel ready themselves for hospital discharge. The mean score of RHD-NMF was 142.09 +/- 43.76, respectively the mean scores of subscales are: personal status 52.56 +/- 12.82, knowledge status 44.63 +/- 17.97, ability status 19.04 +/- 7.75, expected support 25.85 +/- 11.15. According to our study results, although more than half of mothers feel themselves ready for discharge, their scale scores were found moderate, their ability and expected support subscale scores were found lower. Mothers should be given more extensive information by health staff before discharged.