Maternal Knowledge on Postpartum Care in Healthcare Centers of Mashhad, Iran in 2013

Mirzaee, Khadijeh and oladi ghadikolaee, somayyeh and Taghi Shakeri, Mohamad and mousavi Bazzaz, seyed mojtaba (2015) Maternal Knowledge on Postpartum Care in Healthcare Centers of Mashhad, Iran in 2013. Journal of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, 3 (4). pp. 456-464.

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Background &amp; aim: During the postpartum period, women experience physiological changes, which can have negative impacts on their quality of life. Women’s knowledge regarding postpartum complications and care can help them successfully pass this critical period. The aim of this study was to evaluate maternal knowledge on postpartum care in healthcare centers of Mashhad, Iran in 2013. Methods:In this descriptive, cross-sectional study, 500 eligible mothers were randomly selected via multistage sampling from 19 healthcare centers of Mashhad. Data collection tools included a demographic questionnaire and a researcher-made questionnaire for assessing maternal knowledge. Descriptive and analytical statistics, independent t-test, analysis of variance, Pearson’s correlation coefficient and multivariable regression analysis were applied, using SPSS version 16. P-value less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Among 500 mothers referring to healthcare centers, 64 (12.8), 396 (79.2) and 40 (8.0) cases had poor, moderate and high levels of knowledge, respectively. The majority of mothers had moderate knowledge about four dimensions of public health, breastfeeding and nutrition, contraceptive methods and infant care. The subjects had the highest and lowest levels of knowledge about public health and contraceptive methods, respectively. The results showed a significant relationship between the mean score of knowledge and demographic characteristics such as educational status, employment status and income level (P<0.05). Conclusion: Considering the moderate level of maternal knowledge about postpartum care, implementation of interventions such as educational workshops and attention to the quality of these courses are essential. Also, particular attention should be paid to the availability and use of educational media for mothers in healthcare centers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WP Gynecology
WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Journals > Midwifery&Reproductive Health J
Depositing User: jmrh jmrh
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 14:08

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