Health information needs of pregnant women: information sources, motives and barriers

Health information needs of pregnant women: information sources, motives and barriers Key MessagesUnderstanding information on childbirth is critical in performing useful interventions for pregnant women.Pregnant women need a large amount of information concerning pregnancy and childbirth, as well as information obtained from their health care providersMothers need different information during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.As information from health care professionals is the most important source of information, it should be tailored to women's individual needs, and other sources of information should be provided in order to give women informed choices.BackgroundPregnancy and childbirth is a major developmental period in women's life. Access to useful and relevant information in this period is crucial for expectant mothers (Deave, Johnson, & Ingram, ; Johansson, Rubertsson, Rådestad, & Hildingsson, ). Preparation for prenatal care can effectively reduce the adverse outcomes of pregnancy for both mother and foetus (McKenzie, ). According to the report of WHO (), every day about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth‐related complications around the world. Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among low‐income communities. The high number of maternal deaths in these areas of the world reflects inequities in access to health services. Women in remote areas are the least likely to receive adequate health care, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Information & Libraries Journal Wiley

Health information needs of pregnant women: information sources, motives and barriers

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Wiley
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Health Information and Libraries Journal © 2018 Health Libraries Group
ISSN
1471-1834
eISSN
1471-1842
D.O.I.
10.1111/hir.12200
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Abstract

Key MessagesUnderstanding information on childbirth is critical in performing useful interventions for pregnant women.Pregnant women need a large amount of information concerning pregnancy and childbirth, as well as information obtained from their health care providersMothers need different information during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.As information from health care professionals is the most important source of information, it should be tailored to women's individual needs, and other sources of information should be provided in order to give women informed choices.BackgroundPregnancy and childbirth is a major developmental period in women's life. Access to useful and relevant information in this period is crucial for expectant mothers (Deave, Johnson, & Ingram, ; Johansson, Rubertsson, Rådestad, & Hildingsson, ). Preparation for prenatal care can effectively reduce the adverse outcomes of pregnancy for both mother and foetus (McKenzie, ). According to the report of WHO (), every day about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth‐related complications around the world. Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among low‐income communities. The high number of maternal deaths in these areas of the world reflects inequities in access to health services. Women in remote areas are the least likely to receive adequate health care,

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Health Information & Libraries JournalWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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