International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 4, Part L (2016)
A study to assess the knowledge on self care during post natal period among primipara mothers in a selected maternity hospital
Dr. Lalitha H
Introduction: Healthy mother and children are the real health of the society. They are the vulnerable or special risk group. Since the advent of modern advanced methods of care, there has been a decrease in the maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality associated with child birth. The recent trend in health care is self care. It is defined as “those health generating activities that are undertaken by the persons themselves”. It refers to those activities individual undertake in promoting their own health, preventing their own diseases, limiting their own illness and restoring their own health without assistance.
Methods: The study was conducted among the primipara mothers during postnatal period. The setting of the study was the postnatal unit in a selected maternity hospital. A non experimental survey approach with a descriptive exploratory design was adopted. A non probability purposive sampling technique was used to select the sample for the study. A structured interview schedule was developed to collect the data from 50 primipara mothers.
Results: The findings revealed that the majority 68% of primipara mothers had inadequate knowledge, 32% had moderate knowledge and none of the mothers had adequate knowledge on self care during postnatal period.
Conclusion: The primipara mothers knowledge on self care during postnatal period was not adequate and the study emphasizes the need for formulating the health education package for the primipara mothers on self care activities during postnatal period.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Lalitha H. A study to assess the knowledge on self care during post natal period among primipara mothers in a selected maternity hospital. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(4): 711-712.