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Integrating Preparation for Parenting Into Childbirth Education: Part II—A Study

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This study was designed to test the effectiveness of using a broad conceptualization of childbirth education that includes parenting preparation in pregnancy. The goal is to assist in breaking cycles of dysfunction in families. At the core of this expanded model of childbirth education is the concept of prevention. The intervention described in Part I in the Journal of Perinatal Education 7(4), 26–33 provided parents with information and coping mechanisms by drawing parallels to traditionally learned coping skills for childbirth with techniques needed to cope in post-partum. This approach also encouraged prenatal parents to learn techniques for promoting attachment to their children before birth. The curriculum was tested by randomizing 48 couples to the expanded or traditional model of childbirth education. A pre- and post-Prenatal Parenting Scale was administered to both groups. Only the experimental group demonstrated improvement at the post-class administration.

Keywords: childbirth education; parenting techniques; prenatal parenting

Document Type: Standard Article


Affiliations: ANN CORWIN is the Parent Education Coordinator for the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Council of the Family Resource Center in Mission Viejo, California, and Post-Partum Consultant for Saddlback Memoral Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California.

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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