Prenatal counseling beyond the threshold of viability

V. P. Govande, K. J. Brasel, U. G. Das, J. I. Koop, J. Lagatta, M. A. Basir

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Abstract

Objective:It is common clinical practice to counsel parents expecting an early-moderate premature birth. The aim of the current study was to assess maternal knowledge of potential problems of prematurity after counseling.Study design:Prospective study of 49 participants admitted between 23 and 33 weeks gestation with threatened premature birth; a prematurity knowledge questionnaire and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were administered after counseling but before delivery.Result:Across all gestational-ages, participants were more aware of short-term problems than long-term problems. With increasing gestational age the knowledge of long-term problems decreased (P=0.01). Maternal knowledge was 82% for gestational ages where clear guidelines exist regarding goal of counseling and information that should be provided to the parents.Conclusion: Most mothers of early-moderate premature infants are not aware of the potential for long-term problems. Guidelines, which outline the information that should be provided to parents, may improve maternal knowledge after counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-362
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • birth
  • communication
  • knowledge
  • parent
  • premature infant
  • prenatal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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    Govande, V. P., Brasel, K. J., Das, U. G., Koop, J. I., Lagatta, J., & Basir, M. A. (2013). Prenatal counseling beyond the threshold of viability. Journal of Perinatology, 33(5), 358-362. https://doi.org/10.1038/jp.2012.129