An educational needs assessment of pregnancy delayers : a comparative survey of primiparas 30 years of age and over and childbirth educators



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Women born during the baby boom of post World War II are delaying childbirth into their 30's and 40's and this trend is likely to continue. A survey of a random sample of primiparous delayers age 30 or over who had delivered between September, 1986 and August, 1987 in Houston, Texas was conducted to determine their learning needs in formal childbirth classes. Their results were compared to a national sample of certified childbirth educators from the roster of the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). Three research questions were posed following a review of the literature: 1. What were the educational topics considered important for pregnancy delayers by educators and delayers? 2. Were there significant differences between delayers and educators regarding the importance and curricular emphasis of specific educational topics and on subscales: antepartum care, labor and delivery, postpartum care and newborn care? 3. Were there differences in the educational needs of delayers when grouped according to age, education and perception of high risk characteristics? [...]



Middle-aged women--Education, Pregnancy in middle age--Psychological aspects