Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1645-1651

Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study

Authors: Alaa Metwally, Randa Attas.

ABSTRACT

Background: Although vaginal delivery can have some complications related to the perineal region, some interventions, such as antenatal perineal massage, can reduce the incidence of perineal area injuries. However, the benefit of perineal massage is highly dependent on the compliance and frequency of its applications, which is influenced by the awareness of mothers toward perineal massage benefits. This study explored Saudi mothers’ acceptance and awareness about the application of antenatal perineal massage. Methodology: A cross-sectional study included mothers living in Saudi Arabia after their first delivery. The electronic questionnaire included questions to evaluate mothers’ awareness and acceptance toward antenatal perineal massage and information about previous pregnancy and delivery. Results: A total of 113 females responded to this questionnaire, with an average age of 33.58 ± 8.5 years. About 69% did not know about perineal massage, 62.8% did not know its application, and 58.4% did not do pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy. The primary source of information on pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy was from TV and media, while gynecologists were the primary source of information on antenatal perineal massage. Concerning the acceptance of perineal massage, the vast majority of participants agreed that perineal massage should be preferred and accepted that it could be done by the help of husband, while most of the females were neutral about being ashamed of perineal massage. Conclusion: The level of awareness of Saudi mothers toward perineal massage is relatively low, despite the relatively high acceptance of the technique among mothers.

Keywords:
Awareness, acceptance, females, perineal massage


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Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study


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Alaa Metwally
ObGyn Resident, Hera General Hospital, Ministry of health, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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Randa Attas
ObGyn Resident, Maternity and Children Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Alaa Metwally, ObGyn Resident, Hera General Hospital, Ministry of health, Makkah, Saudi Arabia; Metwally.a@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 02 Sep 2020
Accepted 14 Sep 2020
Published in print 11 Oct 2020

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Metwally A, Attas R. Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1645-1651. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


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Metwally A, Attas R. Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=130938 [Access: November 26, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


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Metwally A, Attas R. Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1645-1651. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Metwally A, Attas R. Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC. (2020), [cited November 26, 2020]; 4(10): 1645-1651. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


Harvard Style

Metwally, A. & Attas, . R. (2020) Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study. IJMDC, 4 (10), 1645-1651. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


Turabian Style

Metwally, Alaa, and Randa Attas. 2020. Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (10), 1645-1651. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


Chicago Style

Metwally, Alaa, and Randa Attas. "Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1645-1651. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Metwally, Alaa, and Randa Attas. "Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.10 (2020), 1645-1651. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Metwally, A. & Attas, . R. (2020) Mothers' awareness and acceptability of antenatal perineal massage: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (10), 1645-1651. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599046205


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