Mothers knowledge of foetal movements monitoring during pregnancy in relation to perinatal outcome
Over the years, maternal perception of foetal movement has become recognised as a valuable tool for early detection of foetal compromise. Foetal movement is a reliable sign of foetal well-being (Bennett & Brown, 1999:232). Despite being a useful method in attaining clinical foetal monitoring, foetal movement is probably under-utilised, especially in high-risk pregnancy (Nolte, 1998:100). The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge pregnant mothers have on the monitoring of foetal movement and its effect on perinatal outcome. The findings of the study were used to develop the content of a health education programme that is contextual and relevant to the needs of pregnant mothers. A quantitative research survey design was used to obtain information from pregnant mothers. Simple random probability sampling was used. Ninety-seven (97) pregnant mothers agreed to participate in the study. The results indicated that pregnant women who were able to perceive foetal movement during pregnancy regarded it as important. However, limited information on the importance of foetal movement monitoring in relation to perinatal outcome was displayed. Content on contextual health education for mothers on foetal movement monitoring was proposed.
Keywords: knowledge; foetal movements monitoring; perinatal outcome
Health SA Gesondheid Vol. 11 (2) 2006: pp. 13-22
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