"Antenatal education interventions have an impact on the health
of the pregnant woman as well as on the health and wellbeing of next
generations in any country. They provide expecting mothers with
information that enable them to identify potential warning signs of
malfunction or abnormalities during pregnancy as well as strategies to
adhere to prescribed treatments and referrals . It has been shown
that approximately 80% of maternal mortality could be prevented if the
affected mother had a timely access to the essential maternity and basic
health-care services . Saudi Arabia has a maternal mortality rate of
24 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births with a lifetime risk of one in
1300 . At present, there is no established plan for antenatal education
interventions in terms of content and delivery methods in Saudi Arabia.
Antenatal education, if applicable, is provided to primi or multi gravida
pregnant women. These interventions are usually delivered as group
educational sessions using adult learning strategies and one-to-one
strategies; usually between a health professional and a patient. There is
a clear need for such interventions targeting the Saudi women. To date,
no published study has described the preferred strategies for receiving
health education or the educational needs among the target population.
This study reports on the learning needs and preferred information
seeking behavior as perceived by pregnant women and new mothers in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Levels of antenatal knowledge among the sample
are also explored.(Otaiby TAI, Jradi H, Bawazir A (2013) Antenatal Education: An Assessment of Pregnant Women Knowledge and Preferences in Saudi Arabia.)"
Last date updated on July, 2014