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  • 1.
    Bjelke, Maria
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Region Kronoberg, Sweden.
    Lendahls, Lena
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Region Kronoberg, Sweden.
    Oscarsson, Marie
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
    Management of the passive phase of the second stage of labour in nulliparous women—Focus group discussions with Swedish midwives2019In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 75, p. 89-96Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Bjelke, Maria
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
    Martinsson, Anna-Karin
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
    "Man vill allltid veta mer": En kartläggning av gravida kvinnors informationssökning på internet2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Today, the Internet plays a major role in seeking knowledge and get in touch with like-minded during pregnancy. Almost all pregnant women use the Internet to get information about pregnancy and childbirth. The information is available around the clock and can be accessed anywhere. The information gives the women a sense of control and confidence and it helps them to make decisions regarding their pregnancy. The large amount of information can be overwhelming and cause stress and anxiety. Women wants guidance to web pages of high quality and to discuss the information they find with their midwife.

    Aim: The aim of this study was to identify how women use the Internet as an source of information during their pregnancy and how it affect them

    Method: The study was a quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey. The questionnaire was distributed on maternal health services in the Region of Kronoberg and 193 pregnant women participated in the study. The results were compiled in SPSS and to see the differences and correlations Chi-square tests were used. The respons rate was 94%.

    Results: Of the participants in the study there were 95% who used the internet as a source of information. Most commonly the women searched the Internet every week. The participants main purpose was to find information and read about people in the same situation. Of the participants, the majority had been recommended a web page by their midwife. Reading pregnancy related information on the Internet was seen as positive but could also cause anxiety. Over half of the participants had experienced anxiety caused by something they read online. The anxiety was most commonly handled by talking to a friend or a relative or by asking the midwife at their next appointment. Every tenth woman had have contact with health care because of their anxiety.

    Conclusion: Almost all pregnant women search the Internet to find  pregnancy-related information, even though they are satisfied with the information they receive from the maternal health care.  Using the Internet is seen as a complement. It can also create anxiety which can lead to the woman contacting health care to deal with her anxiety.                          

  • 3.
    Bjelke, Maria
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Region Kronoberg, Sweden.
    Martinsson, Anna-Karin
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Region Kronoberg, Sweden.
    Lendahls, Lena
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Region Kronoberg, Sweden.
    Oscarsson, Marie
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
    Using the internet as a source of information during pregnancy: a descriptive cross-sectional study in Sweden2016In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 40, p. 187-191Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective

    The Internet plays a major role for pregnant women in seeking knowledge and for getting in touch with like-minded women. The information is available at all hours and can be accessed anywhere. The information provides the women with a sense of control and confidence but the large amount of information available can also be overwhelming. The aim of this study was to identify how women use the Internet as a source of information during their pregnancy and how it affects them.

    Design and setting

    A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted.Data were collected through a questionnaire at antenatal clinics in the southern Sweden. The data were analyzed descriptively

    Participants

    A total of 193 Swedish women, pregnant at least 34 weeks, participated in the study. The response rate was 94%.

    Findings

    Almost all (95%) of the women in the study used the Internet as a source of information. The main reason was to find information and read about people in the same situation. Reading pregnancy-related information on the Internet was seen as positive. However, a majority of the woman experienced feelings of worry due to something they read online. These feelings were most commonly coped with by talking to a partner, relatives, and friends or by asking the midwife at their next appointment. Eleven per cent of the women contacted the general healthcare services because of their feelings of worry.

    Conclusion

    Almost all women in this study searched the Internet to find pregnancy-related information, despite being satisfied with the information they received from the ANC. Using the Internet was seen as complementary to the information from professionals. It also caused feelings of worry, which could lead to the woman contacting healthcare services for support. ANC could help to reduce these feelings for some women by informing about the advantages and disadvantages with online information and recommending suitable web pages.

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