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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1985 May-Jun;14(3):224-30.

An exploratory study of antenatal preparation for cesarean birth.


An exploratory study was designed to develop and test an antenatal education program of cesarean birth information. Eighty-one pregnant women and their husbands received the educational program. Eighteen couples experienced cesarean childbirth. Mailed questionnaires containing items dealing with reactions to the educational program and responses to cesarean birth were returned by 15 of these couples. Findings indicated that the educational program met most of the information needs of the study participants. Both mothers and fathers exhibited adaptive and ineffective responses to the cesarean, although the responses were more positive than previous studies have reported.

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