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Parents’ Expectations About Participating in Antenatal Parenthood Education Classes

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Abstract:

Our objective was to assess parents’ expectations about participating in antenatal parenthood education classes and to determine whether their expectations might be related to gender, age, and educational level. Data from 1,117 women and 1,019 partners residing in three cities in Sweden were collected with a questionnaire in a cross-sectional study. Participants believed that antenatal education classes would help them to feel more secure as parents and to be better oriented toward childbirth. Men had more positive expectations about the childbirth than the women. The participants mostly wanted help in preparing for parenthood and in learning infant care skills, followed by help in preparing for childbirth. The participants’ expectations were affected by gender, age, and educational level. The expectant parents appeared to want more focus on preparation for parenthood than on childbirth.

Keywords: antenatal parenthood education classes; antenatal programs; prospective parents’ expectations

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/1058-1243.21.1.11

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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