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Patients' Perspectives on the Role of Prepared Childbirth Education in Decision Making Regarding Elective Labor Induction

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The purpose of our study was to explore reasons why nulliparous women chose to have an elective labor induction and to identify the influence of prepared childbirth classes on their decision. The study included 1,349 nulliparous women at term who participated in a survey regarding their choices for childbirth, their attendance at prepared childbirth classes, and their experience with labor and birth. Sixty-three percent of women who attended childbirth classes and did not have elective induction reported that classes provided helpful information to assist in their decision-making process. Study results suggest attendance at prepared childbirth classes can be an effective source of information regarding elective labor induction and influential in women's decisions regarding whether or not to have elective labor induction. Women perceive prepared childbirth classes positively and find the information provided valuable.

Keywords: elective labor induction; nulliparous women; patient decision making; patient education; prepared childbirth education

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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