Determining Comfort Levels of Postpartum Women after Vaginal and Caesarean Birth

ERKAYA R., TÜRK R., Sakar T.

7th International Conference on Intercultural Education - Education, Health and ICT - From a Transcultural Perspective (EDUHEM), Almeria, Spain, 15 - 17 June 2016, vol.237, pp.1526-1532 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 237
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2017.02.240
  • City: Almeria
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.1526-1532
  • Keywords: Postpartum comfort, vaginal delivery, Caesarean delivery, Turkey
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This descriptive study was conducted to determine the comfort levels of postpartum women after vaginal and caesarean birth. The sample of the study consisted of 233 volunteer women. The data were collected using a questionnaire and Postpartum Comfort Scale (PCS). In the analysis of the data, Cronbach alpha coefficient, percentage, distribution, mean, standard deviation, t-test, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, Shapiro-Wilk test, Mann-Whitney U-test, ANOVA test and Kruskall-Wallis ANOVA were used. According to the types of delivery of the women participating in the study, the average age of the women having caesarean delivery was determined higher (30.03 perpendicular to 5.34) than the women having vaginal birth (28.45 perpendicular to 5.15), and their difference was found statistically significant (p<0.05). The total PCS average scores of the women having vaginal and caesarean delivery were 82.33 +/- 15.71 and 82.02 +/- 16.99 respectively. The PCS scores of the women having vaginal birth were determined to be higher than the other group in terms of fewer numbers of pregnancies. However, the PCS scores of the women having caesarean delivery was found higher than the women having vaginal delivery in terms of the variables such as receiving training regarding postpartum care and the trainer and the difference between them was statistically significant (p<0.05). In this study, both the women having vaginal delivery and those having caesarean delivery were found to have a low level of comfort. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.