Clin Surg | Volume 5, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

Assessment of Knowledge Base of Primigravida about Pregnancy and Antenatal Care at the Time of Booking in a South West Nigerian Tertiary Hospital

Omotayo RS*, Akintan AL, Akadiri O, Bade-Adefioye AM and Omotayo SE

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Complex, Nigeria

*Correspondance to: Omotayo RS 

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Abstract

embarking on. Antenatal care is a specialized form of health care given to pregnant women in order to have safe delivery for both mother and child. Pregnant women need to be informed of the meaning and importance of antenatal care and the need for them to avail themselves of the opportunity in order to benefit from expert monitoring of the progress of pregnancy, prompt identification of anything that may jeopardize the outcome of the pregnancy and access to skilled personnel at delivery. Objective: This study assessed the knowledge base of pregnant women about pregnancy and antenatal care as they came for booking in their first pregnancy. Study Design: This study is a descriptive cross-sectional study. Methodology: Questionnaires were used to obtain information on the knowledge base of primigravid women about pregnancy and antenatal care as they come for booking in their first pregnancy a simple structured questionnaire was used to get the pregnant women’s basic knowledge about pregnancy and antenatal care. The questionnaire was administered by research assistants already trained with the questionnaire. Data was fed into and analyzed with the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0. Conclusion: All efforts must be made to ensure that discussions about pregnancy and antenatal care with women starts at younger age as early as in the secondary school days to prepare them for the eventuality of pregnancy, its care and childbirth. The health education aspect of antenatal care should be well organized to fill all information gaps for the pregnant women.

Citation:

Omotayo RS, Akintan AL, Akadiri O, Bade-Adefioye AM, Omotayo SE. Assessment of Knowledge Base of Primigravida about Pregnancy and Antenatal Care at the Time of Booking in a South West Nigerian Tertiary Hospital. Clin Surg. 2020; 5: 2868.

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