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The knowledge of obstetric complications among primigravidae in a rural health centre in the district of Blantyre, Malawi

L. Kumbani, P. Me Inerney
Curationis | Vol 25, No 3 | a786 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v25i3.786 | © 2002 L. Kumbani, P. Me Inerney | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2002 | Published: 27 September 2002

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L. Kumbani, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Blantyre, Malawi
P. Me Inerney, Wits, South Africa

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Abstract

An informed individual is better placed to make reasonable decisions. It is therefore of vital importance that women be knowledgeable about obstetric complications to enable them to respond appropriately to complications that may arise. This study aimed to explore primigravidae’s knowledge of obstetric complications. A descriptive study design was used to determine what knowledge primigravidae had of obstetric complications. Recognition of obstetric complications in pregnancy, during labour and after delivery and actions that participants would take if they developed any complications in pregnancy and after delivery were explored. Participants’ actions were not sought for problems faced during labour because the researcher felt the participants would have little control of the situation with regard to choice during labour.

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