An Education Program for Prevention of Cerebral Palsy for Pregnant Women Attending Anti-natal Clinics: A descriptive Survey

CP is the commonest and a leading cause of chronic childhood disability, with profound medical, emotional, and economic consequences. The lack of knowledge among pregnant women and mothers of CP children affect their participation in the management of the condition
The aim of this study was to educate pregnant women attending antenatal clinics of Murtala Mohammed
Specialist Hospital (MMSH) and Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital (MAWSH) in Kano state Nigeria then, evaluate the outcome of the educational intervention programme on cerebral palsy.
The design employed in this study was a descriptive survey via series of interviews. The population of this study constituted pregnant women attending antenatal clinic of MMSH and MAWSH, participants were recruited using convenience sampling techniques
At total of 37 respondents participated in the study and baseline knowledge of cerebral palsy was obtained through an interview in the first week, education intervention on CP was administered in the second week and in the third week, the participants were interviewed to evaluate the level of their understanding post educational session on cerebral palsy.
The finding of this study showed low level of CP condition awareness among pregnant women in Kano,
Nigeria, but after educational intervention in this study, their knowledge improved and participants were able to give explanations on the cause, clinical manifestation, preventive measures and management, therefore the need for educational programmes on CP during antenatal periods by the medical professionals or through interactive session among the women.

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