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Developing and introducing a post birth care plan (PBCP): an action research project.

Crowther, Susan; Lau, Annie; MacIver, Emma


Susan Crowther

Annie Lau


Objective: There is ongoing poor evaluation of post-birth care and an urgent need to improve women's satisfaction. To develop and evaluate an acceptable and useable post-birth care plan template through collaboration with women and community midwives. Design: Qualitative methodology using an action research design. Setting and participants: North East Scotland. 10 pregnant women and 6 community midwives. Findings: Seven themes emerged from thematic analysis that informed the format of the PBCP template: being prepared for transitions, physical needs, psychosocial needs, cultural, religious and spiritual needs, organisation of care information, knowledge transfer, financial information and guidance. Key conclusions: Women and midwives recognised the benefit of using a PBCP to ensure all information is covered and that care is individualised and organised according to cultural, social and physical needs, especially when there is fragmentation of services. The open conversational style of the PBCP provides opportunity to explore post-birth needs and how they develop over time. Implications for practice: PBCPs provide an opportunity for women to explore their post-birth needs with their midwife, enabling them to have meaningful, respectful conversations with their midwives during the antenatal and post-birth period. This has the potential to increase women's satisfaction with their care and is particularly pertinent in regions where fragmentary systems of care are prevalent.


CROWTHER, S., LAU, A. and MACIVER, E. 2020. Developing and introducing a post birth care plan (PBCP): an action research project. Midwifery [online], 82, article ID 102616. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 15, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2019
Publication Date Mar 31, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 23, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 17, 2020
Journal Midwifery
Print ISSN 0266-6138
Electronic ISSN 1532-3099
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 82
Article Number 102616
Keywords Postnatal; Care plans; Midwifery; Information; Person-centred; Satisfaction
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