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Learning in Pregnancy: Patient Preferences on Education in the Antenatal Period [9L]

Friedman M. Alexandra MD; Heyward, Quetrell; Gavarkovs, Adam; Maher, Melissa RN; Eger, Renee MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology: May 2017
doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000514640.99644.8e
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Pregnancy is a time of vast knowledge acquisition, however, in a busy clinic schedule, providers have limited time to provide anticipatory guidance. Video has been used to provide stereotyped education, however, information is lacking on the acceptability and effectiveness of video education for antepartum patients. This quality improvement project queried sources of education for antenatal patients, the potential role of video education, and the educational impact of a video currently used in a residency outpatient clinic.


A survey was designed to query patient usage and perceived efficacy of commonly utilized resources for information in pregnancy. Surveys were administered during patients' initial prenatal intake appointment. Patients also completed a knowledge quiz before and after watching a 10-minute video on breastfeeding.


74 patients participated in the survey. Patients reported the most commonly used and most helpful sources of information were family (43), general websites (37), and friends (36). 69% of respondents reported an interest in videos about pregnancy. Patients showed a statistically significant improvement in knowledge of breastfeeding after watching a 10-minute video (2.83, 3.57 p=0.0078). Patient scores on the knowledge quiz did not differ by video preference.


Patients report their most common and helpful sources of information do not come from professionals. Patients are amenable to video as a source of counseling in pregnancy, and show improved knowledge following education through this modality. Future studies will help to clarify specific characteristics of effective antepartum video education tools, as well as potential impacts on antepartum care.

Financial Disclosure: M. Alexandra Friedman disclosed the following—Ovuline: Consultant/Advisory Board. The other authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2017 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.