Women’s Perception Concerning Health Care in the Post-Partum Period: A Meta-Synthesis


This meta-synthesis presents the results of qualitative studies on puerperal perception concerning woman’s care in the post-partum period. Four databases were researched using keywords such as “postnatal care” (or) “postpartum period”, (and) “care”, “women”, “perception”, “qualitative research”, “women’s health services”, “community health services”, “allied health personnel”, “primary health care”, resulting in 9 articles for analysis. Six themes were identified: interpersonal relationship, information, communication, attending the necessities, service organization and other supports. Results report mainly on the unsatisfactory professional care for women, appreciating the form of dealing with promptness and the timing to be attended; trust; content, coherence and the way to inform; clarification of doubts; friendly conversation and clinical assistance. The professional workload was restricted on postpartum period care quality. There were gaps found in clinical practice and in dialogical communication and information on women’s health necessities.

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Correa, M. , Feliciano, K. , Pedrosa, E. and Souza, A. (2014) Women’s Perception Concerning Health Care in the Post-Partum Period: A Meta-Synthesis. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4, 416-426. doi: 10.4236/ojog.2014.47062.

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