Research has found that healthcare professionals have a major influence over a women’s experience during childbirth, especially in regards to pain management (Hidaka & Callister, 2012). However, research does not describe women’s childbirth experience using pain management methods. By obtaining this information, nursing care for the pregnant patient can be improved. Epidurals have become popular over the years, and although they provide effective pain relief, they can cause complications and may not always result in a satisfactory childbirth experience (Hidaka & Callister, ...view middle of the document...
A thorough examination of the problem, purpose, literature and framework used is warranted to improve the clinical practice of nurses.
The qualitative study, “Giving Birth With Epidural Analgesia: The Experience of First-Time Mothers” needed to be conducted because previous research on childbirth experiences fail to include childbirth satisfaction in regards to pain management (Hidaka & Callister, 2012). The significance of this study is that, “nurses and childbirth educators have an important influence over women's decisions about childbirth with the provision of education that allows women to make informed choices and have a sense of shared power in their health-care decisions” (Hidaka & Callister, p. 25). Nurses must obtain the knowledge and understand how women feel to appropriately educate on pain management methods and prepare women to make informed choices and help to create a more satisfactory childbirth experience. As stated by Hidaka & Callister (2012, p. 25), “because many women currently giving birth in the United States have epidural analgesia, it is important to understand their perceptions of using epidurals in relation to the quality of their birth experiences”.