Original Research

Perspectives of pregnant women on maternal health information handouts at KwaZulu-Natal sub-district

Thandi M. Dlamini, Siyabonga Dlamini
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 16, No 1 | a4158 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v16i1.4158 | © 2024 Thandi M. Dlamini, Siyabonga Dlamini | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 May 2023 | Published: 29 February 2024

About the author(s)

Thandi M. Dlamini, Department of Public Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, South Africa
Siyabonga Dlamini, Department of Public Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; and Cancer and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Research Unit, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Maternal health information handouts are used by midwives to facilitate health education of pregnant women during their antenatal care (ANC) period. South Africa’s Saving Mothers Report 2014 showed that delay in accessing medical help, as a patient-related avoidable factor, accounted for 27% of maternal and neonatal mortality.

Aim: To ascertain the perceptions of pregnant women attending ANC in the Msunduzi sub-district in uMgungundlovu District, towards the maternal health information handouts.

Setting: The study was conducted at three primary health care (PHC) clinics (two PHC and one CHC [Community Health Care]) that provided ANC in the Msunduzi sub-district KwaZulu-Natal, in 2019.

Methods: Using a qualitative approach, focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted with 10 participants from each clinic. Data were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis.

Results: The themes explored included: availability and access of handouts, usefulness, review of handouts, alternative methods available, and family involvement.

Conclusion: The authors concluded that although the maternal information handouts were given to the mothers during their maternal health visits, few of them were aware of these handouts. New strategies should be employed to deliver this vital information, as suggested by mothers.

Contribution: The awareness of pregnant mothers about the information handouts contributes to the positive perinatal outcomes at clinic levels.


Keywords

antenatal care; perinatal outcomes; pregnant women; maternal health information handouts; patient information leaflets; patient education.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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