2010 Volume 14 Issue 3 Pages 268-276
The present study was conducted to clarify the particular needs of pregnant/postpartum women who underwent fertility treatment and their partners, and examine perinatal care for them. We sent a questionnaire to 1,083 nursing care professionals (935 midwives and 148 nurses) working in advanced facilities for assisted reproductive treatment by mail. 1. A total of 73.4% of the respondents answered that pregnant/postpartum women have particular needs, while 59.0% recognized the particular needs of partners. Some 64.3% and 53.2% of the respondents thought that it is necessary to provide special care for pregnant/postpartum women and their partners, respectively. 2. The nursing professionals answered that care during pregnancy is the most important: 52.5% for pregnant/postpartum women and 48.9% for partners. Specifically, care in the "early period of pregnancy" was recognized as the most important by the respondents (37.6% for pregnant/postpartum women and 35.5% for partners), followed by the "postpartum period" (38.1% for pregnant/postpartum women and 35.5% for partners), indicating the importance of care in the initial period of pregnancy and postpartum period. 3. As for care systems that should be developed for pregnant/postpartum women and their partners, 37.4% of the respondents answered: "counseling, education, and advice by care staff with specialized knowledge", 27.8%: "interdisciplinary care services", and 23.9% "provision of primary nursing care". 4. Regarding the frequency (per year) of study meetings on fertility treatment in facilities, 39% answered "None", and 40% "Once or twice". As for the person who led the meeting, 47.7% answered "physician", followed by "certified nurse for infertility" (22.3%). About half of the respondents (46%) stated that study meetings focused on "fertility treatment and technology". Most study meetings placed emphasis on medical knowledge, and care for pregnant/postpartum women who underwent fertility treatment and their partners was not covered.