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Antenatal Education as Perceived by Health Professionals

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This article aims to identify the learning needs of expectant and new parents for antenatal education as perceived by health professionals. In Australia, antenatal education programs are predominantly designed by health professionals, and recent research has challenged the efficacy of this approach. The data collected from 73 health professionals, reported here, demonstrates that their perceptions of the concerns and interests of expectant and new parents were divided into three interrelated categories: “need to know…what's happening,” “they won't listen,” and “balanced information.” The health professional ideas for improving antenatal education were limited and identified a reluctance to change practice.

Keywords: childbirth education; mothers; physician; pregnancy; psychosocial factors

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-12-01

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