Yikes! Could this really be true? A new study has found that the majority of pregnant women are not informed about the pros, cons, and concerns regarding the childbirth options that are available to them.
The study, conducted by doctors at the Child & Family Research Institute of British Columbia surveyed 1,318 healthy first-time-soon-to-be-mothers. Fewer than 30 percent of the women had attended a prenatal childbirth class, and many could not answer basic questions about epidurals, episiotomies, Cesareans and other childbirth options. The majority of women said they used the Internet or books to answer their pregnancy and childbirth questions. The women who were receiving prenatal care from midwives tended to be more informed about their options compared with women who were under the care of a doctor.
"[E]ven late in pregnancy, many women reported uncertainty about benefits and risks of common procedures used in childbirth," Klein said in a news release. "This is worrisome because a lack of knowledge affects their ability to engage in informed discussions with their caregivers."
The study was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.
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