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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123


LIBERA, Beatriz Della et al. Evaluation of prenatal assistance in the point of view of puerperas and hetalth care professionals. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.12, pp.4855-4864. ISSN 1678-4561.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the prenatal assistance in a public maternity hospital in the point of view of puerperas and health care professionals. Nineteen puerperas and six health professionals took part in the study. The puerperas answered a semi-structured interview and the health professionals took part in a focus group. The discourse analysis was based on in-depth hermeneutics. The main results pointed out that users showed a deep appreciation for the health professionals. Concerning the professional's view, pregnant women had a wrong knowledge of health during pregnancy. As regards the nutrition appointments, puerperas pointed out they had room for dialogue, support and encouragement. In conclusion, prenatal health education should consider that each woman is a unique individual with her own background. Bonding is of paramount importance for pregnant women to get involved with health-related issues. 

Keywords : Social perception; Pregnancy; Material nutrition.

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