Childbirth Expectations and Sources of Information Among Low- and Moderate-Income Nulliparous Pregnant Women
Abstract:This article explores the childbirth expectations and sources of information of first-time mothers using a qualitative descriptive method. A purposive sample of low- to moderate-income nulliparous women (N = 7) from an urban area in Connecticut were interviewed in their third trimester of pregnancy. The themes that emerged touched on mode of birth, supportive resources, emotional and physical expectations, control, and health of the baby. No one participated in childbirth education classes, and instead cited mostly informal sources of information such as family, friends, the Internet, and television. In light of advanced technology and increased access to on-demand information, the results of this study should remind health-care providers to discuss childbirth expectations and the sources of information with patients.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2013-01-01
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- The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.
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