Hong Kong Journal of Gynaecology Obstetrics and Midwifery

Volume 1 Number 2, December 2000
Abstract

Prevalence of Postpartum Morbidity in Hong Kong: A Pilot Study

Valerie LEVY RGN, RM, MTD, PhD
Violeta LOPEZ BSN, RM, MNA, MPET, PhD
Department of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Anne CHOW RGN RM DipHCE (Nursing) BN(Hons) MSc (Birmingham).
Principal, School of Midwifery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong.
Sandra WONG RGN RM DNA
Ward Manager, Delivery Suite, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong.

Objective: To gather data on morbidity in Hong Kong women following childbirth. Method: A prospective repeated measures design was performed at weeks two and eight on a convenience sample of 20 women after childbirth. Results: The pilot study showed that at 8 weeks after childbirth many women were experiencing disorders they perceived to have a considerable adverse effect upon their daily life. Few women sought professional help for these disorders. Conclusion: The results of the pilot study indicate an undercurrent of ill-health in Hong Kong women during at least the first few months following childbirth and possibly a lot longer than this. Further research is required to follow-up women over a longer time to determine the prevalence and extent of postpartum problems so that appropriate health promotion, prevention and interventions may be planned and provided to these women. (HKJGOM 2000 ; 1 : 96 - 100)

Keywords : postpartum, morbidity, Hong Kong women


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