Satisfaction with general practitioner obstetrician-led maternity care in rural Western Australia

Carly Roxburgh, Sarah Moore, Claudia McCulloch, Kelsey Valli, Danika Zuidersma, Terri Pikora, Hanh Ngo

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Objective: To measure satisfaction with general practitioner obstetrician-led maternity care in Western Australia and to explore perspectives of maternity service users. Design: Women were recruited at antenatal visits with their general practitioner obstetrician. Participants completed a validated three-part survey about their satisfaction with antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care. They were all offered a semi-structured interview. Setting: Nine general practitioner obstetrician practices located in regional Western Australia. Participants: 155 women receiving general practitioner obstetrician-led maternity care within the South West or Great Southern regions of Western Australia. 13 of these women also participated in an interview. Main Outcome Measures: We quantified satisfaction with aspects of antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care using a Likert scale. Descriptive variables included demographic information and birth outcomes. Qualitative data described valued aspects of maternity care. Results: 116 women completed all 3 surveys. General practitioner obstetrician-led care resulted in high rates of satisfaction across all 3 stages of care, with 78%-100% agreement with positively worded satisfaction statements. Thematic analysis identified four key aspects of care women valued when receiving maternity care: the woman-centred care experience, the skills of the general practitioner obstetrician, support from the health care team and the health care environment. Conclusion: General practitioner obstetrician-led maternity care is a highly regarded model of maternity care, valued by rural women with high rates of satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Issue number2
Early online date13 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


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