International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
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Article Number - 94970ED64498

Vol.9(6), pp. 70-76 , June 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJNM2017.0265
ISSN: 2141-2456

Full Length Research Paper

Nutrition education during pregnancy: Are final year midwifery trainees ready to offer this service?

Christiana Nsiah- Asamoah*
  • Christiana Nsiah- Asamoah*
  • Department of Health Sciences Education, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
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Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo
  • Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Google Scholar

 Received: 11 April 2017  Accepted: 17 May 2017  Published: 30 June 2017

Copyright © 2017 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0

Midwives provide most of the maternity services, including nutritional counseling and education services. In Ghana, there is scarce evidence regarding the competency of midwives in providing sound nutritional advice to pregnant women. Therefore, the aim of this research was to assess the nutritional knowledge levels of final year midwifery students. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted, in which 562 final year midwifery students from six Midwifery Training Institutions answered 20 multiple-choice questions on nutritional-related issues during pregnancy. An average score of 9.8 (approximately 49%) was obtained by the respondents. Most (>70%) of the respondents were knowledgeable of the ideal time to start taking folic acid when planning to be pregnant and the effects of high alcohol intake during pregnancy. Key areas that require attention included recommended weight gain during pregnancy, sources and functions of micronutrients, such as folic acid, iron, vitamin C, calcium and iodine during pregnancy, and nutritional management of pregnancy-related conditions like pregnancy-induced hypertension, nausea and heartburn. The findings of this study support other reports that midwives need more training in human nutrition; and it has important implications for professional planning of curricula for midwifery education.

Key words: Midwifery students, nutrition education, diet during pregnancy.

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APA Nsiah- Asamoah, C., & Ampofo, E. A. (2017). Nutrition education during pregnancy: Are final year midwifery trainees ready to offer this service?. International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 9(6), 70-76.
Chicago Christiana Nsiah- Asamoah and Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo. "Nutrition education during pregnancy: Are final year midwifery trainees ready to offer this service?." International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 9, no. 6 (2017): 70-76.
MLA Christiana Nsiah- Asamoah and Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo. "Nutrition education during pregnancy: Are final year midwifery trainees ready to offer this service?." International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 9.6 (2017): 70-76.
DOI 10.5897/IJNM2017.0265

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