Hospital postnatal discharge and sepsis advice: Perspectives of women and midwifery students

Melanie Haith-Cooper, Tomasina Stacey, Fran Bailey

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Background: Women are discharged home from hospital increasingly early, but there is little evidence examining the postnatal hospital discharge process and how this may impact on the health of women and babies. In particular, there is little on sepsis prevention advice, despite it being the biggest direct cause of maternal mortality.
Aim:To explore the perceptions of women and senior student midwives related to the postnatal hospital discharge process and maternal sepsis prevention advice.
Methods: Three focus group interviews were undertaken, involving 9 senior student midwives and 14 women attending paid or specialist classes for vulnerable migrant women.
Findings: All participants believed that the postnatal hospital discharge process was inadequate, rushed and inconsistent. Sepsis advice was patchy and the condition underplayed.
Conclusions: Cost effective, time-efficient and innovative ways to impart vital information are required to support the postnatal hospital discharge process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-253
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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