The Effect of Supportive Care for Pregnant Women During Labor on Breastfeeding Self- Efficacy and the Perception of Childbirth in a Central Region of Turkey

Bihter Akin, Yasemin Erkal Aksoy, Sema Dereli Yilmaz


Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of support given to pregnant women during labor on their perception of childbirth and their breastfeeding self-efficacy. Methods: This descriptive and relational study was conducted with 331 primigravid women who had a vaginal delivery in a maternity unit from December 15, 2018, to March 15, 2020. Data were collected using a descriptive characteristics form prepared by the researcher and based on the relevant literature, the Scale of Women’s Perception for Supportive Care Given During Labor (SWPSCDL), the Perception of Birth Scale (POBS), and the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form (BSES-SF).” The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, a t test, a variance test, and Pearson’s correlation. Results: The mean total SWPSCDL, POBS, and BSES-SF scores of the participating women were 102.19 (±14.99), 54.75 (±9.39), and 76.24 (±11.37), respectively. A positive correlation was found between supportive care for women during delivery and both women’s perceptions of childbirth and breastfeeding efficacy. In addition, training given in antenatal classes positively increased the perception of support during delivery among the women. Conclusion: Supportive care given during delivery had a positive effect on the perception of childbirth and on breastfeeding self-efficacy. Interventions to encourage more couples to participate in training given at antenatal classes and to improve the working conditions of midwives working in delivery rooms would contribute to the support that pregnant women require during delivery and would provide a more positive delivery experience for these women.


Childbirth support, perception of birth, breastfeeding self-efficacy, childbirth

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