Women's interest in alternative maternity facilities

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Nursing
Department Nursing
Author Mather, Sally Jane
Title Women's interest in alternative maternity facilities
Date 1979-06
Description A survey of women's interests in alternative maternity facilities was conducted in Salt Lake County. The survey sought to answer the following questions: (a) Is there a market for alternative maternity facilities (birthing suite, birth center and homebirth service) in Salt Lake County? (b) What are the characteristics of women who would have an interest in using alternative maternity facilities? (c) What are possible obstacles to marketing these alternative maternity facilities? The sample consisted of 100 women between the ages of 15 to 39 who might have children within the next 10 years, but excluded currently pregnant women. The sample was composed of two groups: 59 women who never had had a previous childbirth experience and 50 women who had had a previous childbirth experience. The total sample was obtained by a random cluster sampling method. The survey was conducted through a personal interview using a structured questionnaire. The survey results demonstrated that women do have an interest in alternative maternity facilities, the birthing suite having the greatest market potential. There were no significant differences between women who preferred the traditional maternity facility, birth suite, birth center and homebirth on the following variables: Age, years of education, religion, annual income and parity. Therefore, characteristics of women who prefer each alternative maternity facility were not identified by this survey. Several obstacles to marketing alternative maternity facilities were identified. These included informational needs of women, influence of previous experience with the maternity care system and the importance of safety, personal doctor and cost.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Women's Hospital; Utah
Subject MESH Delivery, Obstetric; Health Facilities; Health Services
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MS
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of "Women's interest in alternative maternity facilities." Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. Print version of "Women's interest in alternative maternity facilities." available at J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collection. RG 41.5 1979 M38.
Rights Management © Sally Jane Mather.
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Source Original: University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (no longer available).
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Date Created 2012-04-24
Date Modified 2012-04-24
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s69p33dz
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