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Impact of Prenatal Education on Pregnant Women Confidence and Anxiety

Background: Women’s feelings prior to the labor experience are proven to be notably lacking in confidence and high in anxiety before receiving education. There is significant evidence to support prenatal education for women to reduce anxiety and optimize the experience of labor itself. Objective: Design and evaluate the impact of a prenatal educational experience on pregnant women’s confidence and anxiety before and after the course as well as after birth. Methods: Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence Based Practice Model provides a structure to create, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a prenatal education plan. The Roy Adaptation Model provides the theoretical framework that supports the effectiveness of prenatal education and maternal confidence. Evaluation of the project’s effectiveness will be analyzed using data from focused questionnaires collected pre and post class and post childbirth. Practice implementation will be done through a focused questionnaire. The classes will be limited to 10 women and a support person if they wish. Results: The efficacy of the classes will be evaluated using data on anxieties and preparedness towards childbirth. Analysis of the pre and post class levels of maternal stress will be compared. Implications: The implications of implementing this program could be an increase in maternal confidence and a decrease in anxiety related to the labor experience for women who participate in a prenatal education class.