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J Perinatol. 2013 May;33(5):358-62. doi: 10.1038/jp.2012.129. Epub 2012 Oct 18.

Prenatal counseling beyond the threshold of viability.

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Scott and White Healthcare, Temple, TX, USA.

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.

PMID:
23079775
DOI:
10.1038/jp.2012.129
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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