Prenatal Care Education for Women Experiencing Unplanned Pregnancy
Review TypeFaculty Approved: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2019-05-24T20:15:24Z
Author(s)Heskitt, Sharon T.
Author DetailsSharon T. Heskitt, DNP(c), MSN, RN; Part-time Nursing Instructor; Oakland University
Lead Author Sigma AffliationTheta Tau
Lead Author AffliationJacksonville University
Level of EvidenceQuality Improvement
Research ApproachMixed/Multi Method Research
This project suggested that the Prenatal Care Education Module (PCEM), a series of three brief videos lasting a total of ten minutes, may be an effective way to educate women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy about the importance of prenatal care for themselves and their babies. To assess the effect of the PCEM, the Brief Pregnancy Perception Questionnaire (B-PPQ), a tool adapted from the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (B-IPQ) (Broadbent, Petrie, Main & Weinman, 2006) was employed. The B-PPQ assessed participants’ health care needs, their understanding of pregnancy, their emotional response to pregnancy, and current contact with a prenatal health care provider. Participants were asked to complete the B-PPQ before and after viewing the PCEM. The items for BPPQ had a Cronbach's alpha coefficient (α) of 0.77, indicating acceptable reliability. Results of B-PPQ scores before and after viewing the PCEM intervention were analyzed for differences. Out of eight participants, three women met the eligibility criteria. Changes in response to the B-PPQ after viewing the PCEM were noted. Due to the small sample size, however, these changes could not be generalized to all women with an unplanned pregnancy. The B-PPQ may be useful to assess a woman’s emotional response to pregnancy and as a screening tool for indication of maternal prenatal depression. Keywords: prenatal care, prenatal care education, accessibility, Prenatal Care Education Module (PCEM), Brief Pregnancy Perception Questionnaire (B-PPQ).
Degree GrantorJacksonville University
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