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Women's Involvement In Decision Making At Labor And Its Effect on Their Perceived Labor Process

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2012 by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center Identifier:
First received: January 25, 2012
Last updated: May 2, 2012
Last verified: January 2012
  1. Increased women's involvement in decision making at labor process correlates with a positive perception of the labor process.
  2. Increased maternal satisfaction with midwifery and gynecological care at labor correlates with a more positive perception of the labor process.

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Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Women's Involvement In Decision Making At Labor And Its Effect on Their Perceived Labor Process

Further study details as provided by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: March 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
women after vaginal birth

Detailed Description:

The Interrelationship Between Women's Involvement In Decision Making In Labor And Their Perception Of The Labor Experience Labor is one of the most significant events in women's lives. The process and outcome of labor may have long term effects on the way women perceive the parenting role and their personal, emotional and physical capability. Each woman arrives to labor with a planned construct of beliefs, expectations and fantasies regarding the labor process and outcomes, which are driven from different cultural values and personal beliefs. The clinical reality does not always correlate with this emotional construct and with a woman's anticipated level of involvement in decision making at labor. Discrepancy between women's desired or expected labor processes and what happens in actuality may have a substantial impact on women's lives and on the way they will experience future births. The main goal of this research is to investigate the effects of labor process on women by examining the question whether women's involvement in decision making during labor has an effect on their perceived labor process.

The perceived labor process is a combination of a woman's level of engagement in decision making at labor, her perceived level of control in the labor process and the level of satisfaction from the obstetric caregivers (gynecologists and midwives). The participants of this research project shall be comprised of 100 women who were hospitalized during the two days immediately following labor and delivery in the maternity unit at Hillel Yaffe hospital, who gave birth in a normal delivery, at term (37 weeks of gestation) with no surgical or instrumental intervention and had no complications either to them or their babies. The participants will be given a self-replying questionnaire constructed especially for the purposes of this research project. The questionnaire is comprised of seven parts: (1) social-demographic information,(2) health background,(3) obstetric background,(4) the woman's perspective of labor process in general,(5) the woman's perspective of the progression of her actual labor,(6) the woman's evaluation of the attitude of obstetric caregivers (gynecologists and midwives) and (7) the level of control the woman had in decision making during labor and her perception of the labor experience. The research findings will be analyzed statistically using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) format. In addition to understanding the way women perceive their labor and delivery in terms of the level of involvement in decision making, these findings may also contribute to develop a therapeutic intervention tool to assist accommodating specific treatment to women in labor and childbirth according to the level of her desired involvement in decision making at birth, her viewpoint of therapeutic intervention and her expectations of the labor process.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
women after vaginal birth at term with no mechanical or surgical intervention and with no maternal or fetal complications

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Vaginal labor
  • At term
  • Hebrew/Arabic speakers

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Mechanical or surgical intervention
  • Maternal or fetal complications
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01524419

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hillel-Yaffe Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Hadera, Israel
Contact: Mordechai Hallak, M.D, Prof.    972-4-6304244   
Contact: Merav Amos Chen, BA    972-4-6276764   
Principal Investigator: Merav Amos Chen, BA         
Principal Investigator: Mordechai Hallak, prof         
Sub-Investigator: Elad Mei-Dan, Dr         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
Study Director: Merav Amos Chen, BA Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Mordechai Hallak, prof Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
Study Director: Elad Mei-Dan, dr Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
Study Director: Mally ehrenfeld, prof University of Tel-Aviv
Study Director: Tammy Schifter, dr University of Tel-Aviv
  More Information

Responsible Party: Hillel Yaffe Medical Center Identifier: NCT01524419     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0004-12-HYMC
Study First Received: January 25, 2012
Last Updated: May 2, 2012

Keywords provided by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center:
spontaneous labor
fetal or maternal complications processed this record on May 25, 2017