To investigate mothers' perceived satisfaction with support from antenatal care (AC), postpartum care (PC) and child health care (CHC), respectively, during the first two weeks after childbirth.
Cross-sectional survey, mixed-method design.
The study was approved by the Regional Research and Ethics Committee at the Karolinska Insititutet, Sweden.
Data were collected using a study-specific questionnaire that focused on mothers' satisfaction with support from AC, PC and CHC during the first 2 weeks after childbirth. All mothers in Stockholm County (n = 546) who gave birth to a live infant during a 1-week period in 2009 were invited to participate. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses and a content analysis were performed.
A large discrepancy was found between levels of satisfaction with AC, PC and CHC. Mothers were satisfied with the support from CHC healthcare nurses, but missed follow-up contact from AC and PC midwives. Nearly 40% of all mothers commented on insufficient support including that continuity in the chain of care was lacking and support for mothers' physical and emotional health was insufficient. Delivery at