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Childbirth Education for Multiple Pregnancy

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Women with a multiple pregnancy have unique learning needs in preparing for birth. This paper explores the issues relevant to women with a multiple pregnancy to support a positive birth experience. One of the foundations of childbirth education and nursing care is to provide the individual woman and her family with knowledge regarding the birth process, what to expect, and how to cope with labor and birth. Education also focuses on caring for the newborns after birth and how to manage in the early days at home. However, traditional childbirth education classes, which meet in a series of evenings or Saturdays, may not meet the needs of women with a multiple pregnancy. In addition, because of the differences in care that exist for women with a multiple pregnancy, new paradigms for childbirth education are needed to meet the learning needs of these families. The purpose of this paper is to provide information to the childbirth educator on the differences in care women with a multiple pregnancy can expect and to suggest strategies to meet the childbirth education needs of these families.

Keywords: childbirth education; multiple pregnancy; pregnancy care

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: KRISTEN MONTGOMERY is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. 2: SABRINA CUBERA is a BSN student in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina. She is also a nurse technician in the post-anesthesia care unit at Palmetto Health-Baptist in Columbia. 3: CHRISTIE BELCHER, DAVID PATRICK, HEATHER FUNDERBURK, CHRISTA MELTON, and MICHELLE FASTENAU are BSN students in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina.

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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