J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2019 Sep;30(3):357-367. 10.12799/jkachn.2019.30.3.357.

An Analysis of Factors associated with Annual Trends in Childbirth Plans by Female Workers

  • 1Visiting Associate, School of Nursing, Duke University, USA.
  • 2Professor, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. hyesun@catholic.ac.kr


The aim of this study is to identify factors of Korean female workers' childbirth plans and to establish measures to improve the childbirth plan.
Study subjects were selected part in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th year surveys of the Korean Longitudinal Panel Survey of Women and Families. The selection criteria were as follows: women who had a spouse; were salaried workers currently employed for the last one month; belonged to a childbearing age; and had less than 3 children. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to investigate factors associated with childbirth plans.
Childbirth plans by female workers decreased each year. The analysis of associated factors revealed that age, number of children were associated factors in all years. In addition, education, satisfaction about dividing household chores with the husband, and satisfaction about working environment were associated with the lack of planning for childbirth in female workers in the 1st survey year. Satisfaction about dividing household chores with the husband, family-work conflict, and satisfaction about the potential for personal development were associated factors in the 3rd survey year. Finally, family-work conflict, satisfaction about employment stability, and satisfaction about job task at work were associated factors in the 5th survey year.
It is important to know the measures focusing on the lack of planning for childbirth, and hence these factors can be improved by assessing in general, family, and occupational characteristics. Additionally, employer policies regarding women employees who are pregnant or have children at home need to be reviewed.


Pregnancy; Fertility; Female; Work
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