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A pregnancy wellness guide to enhance care through self-assessment, personal reflection, and self-referral.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19323710     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To develop a tool and evaluate its content validity and utility. The tool was designed to be used by women to assess lifestyle and psychosocial factors that could impact their pregnancies and unborn babies. It also provided resources for self-help. DESIGN: Methodological study in 4 phases. SETTING: Alberta Health Services, Calgary area and community. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-five experts and 375 pregnant women. METHODS: Pregnant women and new mothers participated in focus groups to establish content validity; prenatal class attendees completed the self-assessment and a questionnaire, and women from the community completed a questionnaire on the instrument's utility. RESULTS: Responses from experts and participants in all 4 phases led to changes in the content, wording, and format of the tool. Survey responses indicated that it contained useful information that prompted a number of women to make positive changes during their pregnancies. CONCLUSION: The Pregnancy Wellness Guide is a simple tool that can help pregnant women assess their knowledge and health behaviors and self-refer to helpful resources. It will be widely distributed throughout the health region in the urban and rural Calgary area, and its use is anticipated to result in better health outcomes in pregnancy.
Donna A Wallace; Maureen M Dodd; Deborah A McNeil; A Jocelyn Churchill; Nelly D Oelke; Susanne L Arnold; Kathleen Oberle
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1552-6909     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2009 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-27     Completed Date:  2009-07-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  134-47     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Prenatal Community Programs, Alberta Health Services Calgary, AB, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Focus Groups
Health Behavior
Health Promotion / methods
Life Style*
Maternal Welfare
Mothers / education*,  psychology
Nurse's Role
Nurse-Patient Relations
Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*,  psychology
Prenatal Care / methods*
Self Care / methods*

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