Women's Expectations of the Labor and Delivery Nurse


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Sixty‐one, Lamaze‐prepared, married multigravidae identified their expectations of the labor and delivery nurse in semistructured interviews conducted at 36 to 38 weeks' gestation. Findings indicate variations in the amount of involvement women expected from the nurses during labor and delivery: limited (n= 17), moderate (n= 22), or extensive (n= 22). Women varied in the amount of time they wanted nurses present, who they expected to make caregiving decisions, and whether or not they wanted nurses to assist them in managing labor and delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-512
Number of pages8
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1989

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was partially supported by a National Research Service Award, DHHS, NU-05299, from the Division of Nursing, awarded to Dr. Marlene Mackey. The authors gratefully ac-knowledge the input of Dr. Kathleen A. Knafl in the study's development and in data analysis.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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