Blended Group and Individual Prenatal Care for Improved Care of Low Income Women

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Nursing for Women's Health




Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Childbirth, Healthy Parenting (HPCP) is a blended prenatal care model that integrates group visits with individual prenatal visits. While group prenatal care has been found to have a positive impact on pregnancy outcomes, current models may not be feasible or desirable in all clinical settings. HPCP offers one educational group visit each trimester to improve knowledge of self-care during pregnancy and of childbirth and infant care. The program was piloted among women with low income in a southern metropolitan area. This article presents the findings of a pilot study that examined maternal knowledge acquisition and subsequent changes in self-efficacy and satisfaction with care. Suggestions for future use of a blended model for the delivery of prenatal care are shared.