Women's Experiences With The Vaginal Examination

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Introduction According to Aveyard (2014), a literature review is researching and evaluating findings that relate to a particular research question. Moreover, a good literature review is research on its own and may lead to a change in care delivery methods and is important for evidence-based practice. This literature review will explore women’s experiences in relation to vaginal examination during childbirth. Rationale As a first-year student midwife during my placement on the busy antenatal ward and witnessing a few deliveries in various settings such as home, midwifery-led unit, and delivery suit I was involved in preparing patients for vaginal examination, informing about examination and observing midwives performing many of them.…show more content…
These included the date of publication from 01.01.2000 to 01.05.2016 and English as the language of publication. Various combinations of keywords were used to obtain some relevant literature. Keywords used were: “vaginal examination”, “childbirth”, “labour”, “women’s experience”, “women’s view”. The combination of terms “vaginal examination in childbirth” with “women’s experience” and “women’s view” yielded 2,535 results, when a search of “vaginal examination in labour” with “women’s experience” and “women’s view” yielded 4,587 results. Most of the returned articles had no relevance to the subject. It was also observed that some articles were repeated in searches. A total of 7 articles based on primary studies were identified to meet fully or partially the inclusion criteria and therefore will be used to evaluate patients’ experience with the vaginal examination. Main Body Vaginal examination is internal examination performed digitally using a sterile gloved hand. During the labour, it allows to assess the condition of the cervix – its position, consistency, effacement, and dilation, likewise, to assess the fetal presenting part – rotation, flexion, the amount of moulding and degree of descent into the maternal pelvis. Furthermore, it allows for the assessment of the state of the amnion. These findings when used along with other observations and plotted on a partogram display clinical
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