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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : ( 266) Last page : ( 270)
Print ISSN : 2347-8640. Online ISSN : 2454-2660.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2660.2018.00063.7

A study to assess the effect of fetal movement counting on prenatal attachment and maternal worries among primigravida mothers in selected Hospital, Mysuru

Thomas Neethu1,*, Mrs. Bhavya S. V.2, Prof. Williams Sheela3

1M. Sc Nursing Student, JSS College of Nursing, Mysuru

2Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing, JSS College of Nursing, Mysuru

3Principal, JSS College of Nursing, Mysuru

*Corresponding Author E-mail: neethuchirayath7@gmail.com

Online published on 31 October, 2018.

Abstract

Background

Daily fetal movement counting is a simple and invasive method that can be carried out by the mother in order to improve the maternal fetal attachment and reduce the maternal worries for the healthy pregnancy outcome.

Aim

The aim of this study was to assess the effect of fetal movement counting on prenatal attachment and maternal worries among primigravida mothers in selected hospital, Mysuru.

Methods

In this study, one group pre-test post-test pre-experimental design was used and nonprobability purposive sampling technique was adopted to select 60 primigravida mothers attending Out Patient Department of JSS Hospital, Mysuru. Pilot study was conducted, the tool and study design were found to be feasible. Personal variable proforma was used to assess the sample characteristics, Modified Prenatal Attachment Inventory was used to assess the Prenatal attachment and Modified Cambridge Worry Scale was used to assess the maternal worries. The tools were validated by experts and reliability was established. The data were collected and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Result

The study results revealed that majority 33(55%) of the primigravida mothers were in the age group of 26–30 years, majority 33(55%) had completed PUC. Majority 35(58.3%) were daily wagers and majority 32(53.3%) had monthly income of 10,001-15,000. Majority 30(50%) primigravida mothers were between 32–34 weeks of gestation and 30 (50%) were living in joint family and 30(50%) were in nuclear family. Majority 34(56.6%) were 1–3 years of their married life. The mean difference between prenatal attachment pre-test score and post test score was 2.32. The obtained value of paired‘t’= 6.3, p<0.05 was found to be significant. The mean difference between the pre-test scores of maternal worries and post test scores of maternal worries was 6.48. The obtained value of paired‘t’= 6.47, p<0.05 was found to be significant. The correlation co-efficient between prenatal attachment and maternal worries was -0.259 and the study findings were inferred that there was significant negative relationship between prenatal attachment and maternal worries among primigravida mothers. The study findings showed significant association between educational level and level of prenatal attachment of primigravida mothers and the findings depicted significant association between occupation and level of maternal worries among primigravida mothers.

Conclusion

The study concluded that, fetal movement counting was effective in increasing the prenatal attachment and reducing the maternal worries among primigravida mothers. Through this study, fetal movement counting is proved to be the paramount measure to improve maternal fetal attachment and reduce maternal worries.

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Keywords

Fetal movement counting, Prenatal attachment, Maternal worries.

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