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Richter, S.
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Childbirth education
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Quality control in perinatal education is imperative, with the purpose to deliver a high quality and appropriate healthcare service to the family in the perinatal period. The purpose of this study was to develop valid standards for perinatal education in South Africa. To reach this goal, the study proceeded as follows: Development phase - concepts were developed for perinatal education, - the concepts were logically systematised and formulated in concept standards, - the standards were presented for peer group review with the purpose of refinement and further development. Quantification phase - the statistical validity of the standards was determined/calculated. After completion of the study the researcher reached the conclusion that quality perinatal education must adhere to the following standards: • A philosophy for perinatal education must exist. • The perinatal facilitator must be a well trained professional person, and must possess certain personal traits. • The perinatal education style/method must adapt according to the client’s socio-economic status, age, marital status and needs. • The perinatal facilitator must make use of acknowledged teaching methods and techniques in order to facilitate learning. • The perinatal education must comply with certain minimum requirements in order to make it accessible and acceptable to the client. • The perinatal facilitator must complete a preparatory phase before she is allowed to give education. • A perinatal education programme must have a curriculum that can be adapted to the client’s circumstances. • Perinatal education must be presented purposefully. • The end result of perinatal education must focus on a healthy baby and a healthy, empowered mother, family and community.
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M.S. Richter. (2002). Standards for perinatal education - Part 1. Curationis, 25(1), 4-10. doi: 10.4102/curationis.v25i1.693.
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