Preparedness of pregnant women for childbirth and the postpartum period: Their knowledge and fear

Tugut N. , Tirkes D., Demirel G.

JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, vol.35, no.4, pp.336-340, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/01443615.2014.960375
  • Page Numbers: pp.336-340


The aim of the study was to identify knowledge and fear related to childbirth and the postpartum period in pregnant women. The sample consisted of 114 pregnant women. It was determined that pregnant women had insufficient levels of knowledge related to childbirth and the postpartum period. The Fear of Childbirth and Postpartum Anxiety Scale score for childbirth and the postpartum period related to 'fear regarding the action of childbirth ', was found to be the highest. The highest causes for concern were determined to be 'infant-related anxiety ' and 'fear regarding infant and puerperal health '. No statistically significant correlation was observed between the perceived sufficiency of the knowledge of pregnant women in terms of maintaining their own health and care, and their mean childbirth and postpartum period concern score. These findings indicate that the level of concern among pregnant women with relation to the postpartum period and childbirth is rather high.