Woman’s Experience of Childbirth: Qualitative analysis from data derived from the 30-Item-Birth-Satisfaction-Scale

S Proctor, C.J Hollins Martin, Derek Larkin, C.R Martin

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Background: The 30-Item-Birth-Satisfaction-Scale (30- item-BSS) was developed to evaluate women’s experiences of childbirth. Objective: To thematically analysethe qualitative responses to questions comprising the 30-item BSS questionnaire, and to identify whether the qualitative responses in anyway harmonized with experiences reported within the quantitative portion of the 30-item-BSS. Study design: The focus of our enquiry was the analysis of secondary data from (n=115) participants who completed the 30-item-BSS questionnairein which respondents provided textual comments to the quantitative questions in order to draw separate qualitative analysis of birth satisfaction. Line-by-line thematic coding was conducted to classify each written comment into a theme. Themes representing birth satisfaction were subsequently analysed using constant comparative analysis to differentiate birth satisfaction classifications that range from high to low; Exceptional, Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory. Participants: The completed questionnaires (30-tem-BSS) was completed by a convenience sample of postnatal women (<10 days postpartum) who had delivered a healthy term infant. Findings:The experiences for childbirth were ultimately classified as Exceptional for 4 women, Good for 39 women, Satisfactory for 36 women, and Unsatisfactory for 17 women. Key conclusions:We found that qualitative 3 / 6 data synchronizedfavourably with data from the quantitative aspect of the BSS. Implications for Practice: Two versions of the BSS are available: (1) The psychometrically valid and reliable 10- item-BSS from which scores can be correlated with other validated measures, and (2) The 30-item-BSS designed to assess individual women’s experiences prior to in-depth qualitative work. Both scales are available from the second author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-17
JournalThe Scientific Pages for Nursing
Issue number1
Early online date14 Feb 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Feb 2017


  • birth
  • Birth-Satisfaction-Scale (BSS)
  • childbearing
  • construct validity
  • experience
  • satisfaction
  • women.


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