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Antenatal education

Murray Enkin, Marc J. N. C. Keirse, James Neilson, Caroline Crowther, Lelia Duley, Ellen Hodnett and Justus Hofmeyr

in A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780192631732
Published online July 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191769726 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780192631732.003.0004
Antenatal education

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In developed countries, the widespread popularity of antenatal classes testifies to the desire of expectant parents for childbirth education and peer support. As there are benefits in terms of amount of analgesic medication used and in some aspects of satisfaction with childbirth, and as significant adverse effects have not been demonstrated, such classes should continue to be available. The objectives of the classes must be made clear to the participants and unrealistic expectations of what the classes can achieve must be avoided. A variety of different types of classes, whose goals are explicitly stated, may help women or couples choose the program most likely to meet their needs.

Chapter.  1564 words. 

Subjects: Primary Care ; Midwifery

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