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Journal of Perinatal Medicine

Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, Joachim W.

Editorial Board Member: / Bancalari, Eduardo / Greenough, Anne / Genc, Mehmet R. / Chervenak, Frank A. / Chappelle, Joseph / Bergmann, Renate L. / Bernardes, J.F. / Bevilacqua, G. / Blickstein, Isaac / Cabero Roura, Luis / Carbonell-Estrany, Xavier / Carrera, Jose M. / D`Addario, Vincenzo / D'Alton, MD, Mary E. / Dimitrou, G. / Grunebaum, Amos / Hentschel, Roland / Köpcke, W. / Kawabata, Ichiro / Keirse, M.J.M.C. / Kurjak M.D., Asim / Levene, Malcolm / Lockwood, Charles J. / Marsal, Karel / Makatsariya, Alexander / Nishida, Hiroshi / Papp, Zoltán / Pejaver, Ranjan Kumar / Pooh, Ritsuko K. / Romero, Roberto / Saugstad, Ola D. / Schenker, Joseph G. / Sen, Cihat / Seri, Istvan / Vetter, Klaus / Winn, Hung N. / Young, Bruce K. / Zimmermann, Roland

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Preferences of caregiver when experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy

Alon Shrim1 / Boaz Weisz1 / Liat Gindes1 / Mordechay Dulitzki1 / Benny Almog2

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Tel Aviv University, Israel

2McGill Reproductive Center, Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Corresponding author: Dr. Benny Almog Department of Obstetrics and Gyaecology McGill University Royal Victoria Hospital 687 Pine Ave. West Montreal, QC H3A 1A1 Canada

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 157–160, ISSN (Online) 1619-3997, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: 10.1515/jpm.2010.011, February 2010

Publication History

Received:
2009-05-16
Revised:
2009-07-30
Accepted:
2009-08-03
Published Online:
2010-02-16

Abstract

Aim: To assess the preferences of pregnant women regarding the type of assistance desired to alleviate the consequences of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP).

Methods: Women with NVP were asked to complete an online survey of 12 questions assessing the extent of NVP and the perspective on the importance of different healthcare professionals for their improvement.

Results: A total of 121 pregnant women completed the survey. The median maternal age was 29 years and the average gestational age was 12.4±7.6 weeks. Sixty-four of the women (52.9%) had NVP in their previous pregnancy, which resulted in an average of 14.6±21.1 lost days of paid work. NVP necessitated admission to the emergency room in 36 (29.7%). When asked to rate (max 4 points) which healthcare professional would provide the best assistance for NVP, the physician was rated as the most important (average score of 3.56/4), followed by dietician (3.40/4), nurse (3.05/4) and social worker/psychologist as least important (1.77/4).

Conclusion: Our findings illustrate women's perspective on NVP. According to our online survey, women perceive medically- and nutritionally-based care as most useful, whereas psychosocial factors are perceived to be less useful despite playing a central role in NVP.

Keywords: Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP); PUQE score

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