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The outcome and experiences of first pregnancy in relation to the mother's childbirth knowledge: the Finnish Family Competence Study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1757689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The possible influence of the expectant mother's knowledge of childbirth on the outcome and experience of pregnancy and labour was investigated by means of a postpartum questionnaire in 1238 primiparae. The mothers were divided into two groups according to their basic childbirth knowledge. At birth, the conditions of newborns were equal in both groups when judged by Apgar scores. The low knowledge level group had small-for-gestational-age babies more frequently and these babies were also treated in the paediatric ward more frequently than those in the high knowledge group. The latter group was significantly more critical towards the staff of the delivery room and the postnatal ward; the fathers of this group were also present at delivery significantly more frequently. The low knowledge level group was significantly more unwilling to have another pregnancy in the near future or ever. The results indicate that low childbirth knowledge is associated with a poorer pregnancy outcome. It is a message to antenatal care staff of the need for support, supplementary education and careful obstetric surveillance. Low childbirth knowledge may imply a set of problems, including those in interparental relationship, socio-economic situation and need for close surveillance and improved education.
P Rautava; R Erkkola; M Sillanpää
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0309-2402     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  1991 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-02-06     Completed Date:  1992-02-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1226-32     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Public Health, University of Turku, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Apgar Score
Attitude to Health*
Birth Weight
Educational Status
Fathers / psychology
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Small for Gestational Age
Mothers / education*,  psychology
Patient Education as Topic / standards*
Pregnancy Outcome*
Prenatal Care / standards*

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