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Ginekologia i Poloznictwo
ISSN 1896-3315 e-ISSN 1898-0759

The manners of obtaining information on pregnancy and motherhood by women


Author(s): Magdalena Lemska (ABCDEF), Bogumiła Kiełbratowska (AF), Urszula Sioma-Markowska (EF), Anna Nowak (ABCD)

Introduction. In the age of information technology, it is hard to filter the plethora of data that surround us. That is why women frequently reach for various, not always reliable sources when seeking information. Aim. To determine sources of information on pregnancy and motherhood used by pregnant women and young mothers. Material and methods. The study involved 120 women who gave birth to at least one child in 2016–2018. The study was conducted with a self-constructed questionnaire. An online survey was carried out in July and August 2018. Results. The Internet is the most common source of information for women (89.96%). Medical professionals 64.14%; antenatal classes 39.98%; family 65.81%; friends 55.81%; TV 9.16%; books and press 59.98%; leaflets 16.66%. Conclusions. Despite the fact that the Internet is more frequently chosen to seek information, medical professionals are considered the most reliable source of knowledge. Time devoted to patients is categorically too short relative to the needs. This makes pregnant women and young mothers frequently turn to Internet sources.