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Adult Perceptions of Healthy Pregnancy: A Focus-Group Study

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Seoul National University, College of Nursing, Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul 03080, Korea
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College of Nursing, Woosuk University, Jeollabuk-do 55338, Korea
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College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea
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College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul 03080, Korea
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College of Nursing, Eulji University, Daejeon 34824, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2460; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072460
Received: 5 March 2020 / Revised: 28 March 2020 / Accepted: 31 March 2020 / Published: 3 April 2020
The fastest aging society with the lowest fertility rate can be buffered by support for healthy pregnancies using sociocultural approaches. We aimed to address adult perceptions of a healthy pregnancy and explored their needs and concerns about childbirth across the lifespan. We conducted a qualitative study using content analysis to investigate general perceptions of a healthy pregnancy after focus-group interviews with adult men and women. We interviewed 60 participants in nine group sessions of 5 to 8 people per group. Three major themes emerged that affect healthy pregnancies: Taking responsibility for a prepared pregnancy, factors that interfere with a healthy pregnancy, and improving strategies for a healthy pregnancy. For the first theme, the two main concerns were financial and parenthood preparation. Factors interfering with a healthy pregnancy had direct and indirect causes, considering personal, social, and cultural changes. Strategies for a healthy pregnancy included family and workplace support, systematic education, and governmental support for financial preparation and health screening. Participants averred that various kinds of support (financial, healthcare, and career) are needed for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. This public awareness could promote better decisions toward healthy pregnancy with more sociocultural approaches in the various settings of home, school, and the workplace. View Full-Text
Keywords: pregnancy; preconception care; social perception; focus groups pregnancy; preconception care; social perception; focus groups
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Kim, H.W.; Kim, D.H.; Lee, H.Y.; Lee, Y.J.; Ahn, H.Y. Adult Perceptions of Healthy Pregnancy: A Focus-Group Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2460. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072460

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Kim HW, Kim DH, Lee HY, Lee YJ, Ahn HY. Adult Perceptions of Healthy Pregnancy: A Focus-Group Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(7):2460. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072460

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Kim, Hae W., Duck H. Kim, Hyang Y. Lee, Young J. Lee, and Hye Y. Ahn 2020. "Adult Perceptions of Healthy Pregnancy: A Focus-Group Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 7: 2460. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072460

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