Title

Prenatal education: an integrative review of the journal literature from 1990-2000

Keywords

Childbirth -- Study and teaching, Parenting -- Study and teaching, Prenatal care

Abstract

Prenatal education is an integrative part of prenatal care. Prenatal education content and teaching methods used in prenatal classes needs to be disclosed in a comprehensive format. The purpose of this integrative research review is to describe the state of the science in prenatal education from journals dated 1990-2000, including (1) description of the prenatal education content and (2) description of the teaching methodologies. A computer search using key terms related to prenatal education was conducted. Twelve journal articles, ten of which were quantitative research studies and two qualitative studies are reviewed and synthesized. Content and teaching methodologies used in childbirth classes, prenatal classes or antenatal classes, and family training classes are the elements included in this study.

Similarities and differences among studies are discussed. Results of this review indicated that prenatal education content was very similar among studies and that prenatal class' curriculum should offer a balance between topics regarding parenting skills and topics concerning pregnancy and childbirth preparation. The teaching methods most frequently identified were class and group discussions. Findings show that teaching methodologies should be selected in relation to participants' age, education level, childbirth knowledge and parenting experience. Certified childbirth educators, nurses, and nurse midwives are considered important experts in prenatal education.

Notes

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Graduation Date

2001

Advisor

Kiehl, Ermalynn

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Health and Public Affairs

Department

Nursing

Format

Print

Pages

62 p.

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0022675

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs; Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic

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