Title

Pregnancy Education in Rural Areas

Authors

Kayla Tinsley

Document Type

Article

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Publication Date

1-1-2022

Abstract

Educating of the pregnancy population before, during and after pregnancy can help to ensure a healthy pregnancy and in turn reduce maternal mortality. The purpose of this research project was to understand education provided in the clinic and hospital setting in a rural area by those who take care of and talk to pregnant women and their support persons. A descriptive research design was utilized to discover the important education topics that are discussed, and the routine tests that are done throughout the pregnancy, during labor and at delivery, and even ask how prepared they feel they are equipped to handle high risk situations. There were 20 participants that voluntarily filled out a 21-question questionnaire, including questions on place and county of work as well as longevity at the job. Participants worked as either a M.D., D.O., N.P., R.N., or L.P.N., with the pregnancy population in either the clinic, hospital, or both. Results were then entered into computer software program and found that majority of those who work with a pregnancy population have worked less than five years, and most work in the hospital setting. The participants spent 5-15 minutes educating the pregnant population they interacted with, and majority covered various topics with the patient and provided different means of education. Most of those who were interviewed felt that they were equipped to handle high risk situations if needed. The population used was small, but it shows how prepared staff is to provide education to pregnant women and family.

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