Online antenatal course results in reduced anxiety, increased intention to breastfeed and improved parent-infant relationships
PHE ePoster Library. Johnson R.
Sep 12, 2017; 186542
Dr. Rebecca Johnson
Dr. Rebecca Johnson
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Abstract IntroductionDigital antenatal education classes can offer increased accessibility and flexibility to expectant parents. However this method of course delivery is new, with no previous evidence to date. This study examines the impact of the Solihull Approach Online Antenatal Course on participants' attitudes towards pregnancy, labour and birth, and their feelings towards their baby. MethodA repeated measures design was used. 139 participants completed self-report measures, designed for the purposes of the study, before and after completing all 9 modules of the Solihull Approach Online Antenatal Course, 'Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby'. Statistical analyses were conducted using paired samples t-tests, and Cohen's d to determine effect sizes. ResultsParticipants showed a reduction in anxiety towards pregnancy and birth (p = <.0001), felt closer to the baby (p = <.0001), and showed increased intention to breastfeed (p = <.001) after completing the online course. ConclusionThe online antenatal course reduced parental anxiety, increased intention to breastfeed and improved the relationship with the unborn baby. Methodological limitations are discussed. This study indicates that online antenatal education shows promise, with the potential to reach parents at a whole population scale. Furthermore, with the addition of a focus on the parent-infant relationship, as well as traditional content, such courses may contribute to the emotional health and wellbeing of both parents and babies after the birth. It is suggested that this could help reduce the need for parenting interventions in future for problems in childhood. External funding details Not applicable
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