Sarah Thompson, a midwife at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is currently undertaking an MSc and her dissertation is entitled Women’s perceptions of perineal repair: an exploratory study. The aim of the study is to determine the importance women place on perineal repair as part of the childbirth experience. Perineal repair is the process of repairing the physical damage caused to the mother’s reproductive organs during childbirth.
So far, Sarah has undertaken 10 interviews with new mothers, with an additional two interested in taking part in the study. All of the interviews have been undertaken within four weeks of birth to ensure all of the woman’s perceptions and memories are accurate. Sarah has begun to transcribe the interviews, along with some initial analysis in the form of repeated reading and coding. Sarah believes that this research into women’s perceptions is important, as currently she feels the whole childbirth experience can be affected by bad experiences around the perineal repair process. Once completed, she hopes her research can help to improve the care offered to new mothers by improving communication and ensuring care is as patient-focused as possible, with the mothers’ physical and psychological needs adequately provided for.
Sarah will begin an in-depth analysis of her interviews over the summer and we will keep you updated on her progress and results as this takes place.