Exploration of facilitators and barriers to prenatal care among military women

Barbara M. Sylvia, Patricia McMullen, Joseph Schmelz, Albert Runzel, Valerie Stevens, Heidi L. Jackson

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Early and regular prenatal care has been shown to decrease the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes; however, little research has examined it experientially from the mother's perspective. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experience of prenatal care from the military mother's perspective. Using purposive sampling, 16 women who had recently given birth were interviewed. The data were analyzed using a qualitative descriptive research methodology to elicit categories of substantive concepts, ideas, or themes. Data explored in this study included availability, use and satisfaction with prenatal care services, and barriers, preferences, and recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Practitioner Forum: Current Topics and Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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