1MSc of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Ghaem School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran
2PhD of Reproductive Health, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
3Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences , Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
4Professor, Health Sciences Research Center, Departement of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Health , Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Background &aim: Communication is a fundamental human need. Medical students and healthcare professionals must be attuned to the needs of patients using effective communication skills. With regards to medical training, currently the focus is on theoretical matters and communication skills are taken for granted. This problem has caused miscommunication with patients referred to teaching hospitals. We conducted this study to assess communication skills of midwives from the perspective of parturient women. Methods: In this descriptive study, we evaluated 50 midwives working in maternity wards of Ghaem, Imam Reza, Omolbanin, and Hasheminejad hospitals in Mashhad, Iran. Three parturient women were selected per one midwife in a maternity ward. The parturient women participating in this study were in labor, delivery, admission or postpartum stages and completed the Interpersonal Communication Skills inventory by interview. To analyze the data, descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson product-moment correlation were performed, using SPSS 16. Results: The mean scores of communication behaviors of midwives with parturient in delivery, admission, and postpartum stages were 92.61±10.81, 93.31±10.59, and 94.19±8.26, respectively. Between the previous delivery of parturient, with communication behavior of midwives in the stage of admission or post-partum (P=0.015) and satisfaction of pregnancy with communication behavior of midwife in labor stage (P<0.04), there was satisfactory significant. Conclusion: From the perspective of parturient women, the midwives’ communication was average. Today, the midwives’ communication skills is of optimal importance in health system development plan. Thus, implementing training programs on communication skills while utilizing modern methods and emphasizing on specific educational needs of midwives, as well as continuing to monitor their communication behaviors are recommended.