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Table 3 Exploration of the need for information among pregnant women and mothers

From: Identifying maternal needs following childbirth: comparison between pregnant women and recent mothers

Variables n Total population Women who had already given birth Pregnant women p
Seeking perinatal information at least once during pregnancy and/or after delivery (n (%)) 423    -*  -*  -*
 Yes   405 (95.7)    
 No   18 (4.26)    
Seeking perinatal information during pregnancy OR after delivery (n (%))  423      0.03
 Yes   368 (87.0) 247 (84.6) 121 (92.4)  
 No   55 (13.0) 45 (15.4) 10 (7.63)  
Using the Internet to seek for information (n (%)) 407     0.18
 Yes    372 (91.4)  257 (90.2)  115 (94.3)  
 No   35 (8.60) 28 (9.82) 7 (5.74)  
Frequency of the use of the Internet (n (%)) 371     <0.0001
 Each day   35 (9.43) 26 (10.1) 9 (7.89)  
 Very often   153 (41.2) 115 (44.7) 38 (33.3)  
 Often   97 (26.1) 53 (20.6) 44 (38.6)  
 Sometimes    86 (23.2) 63 (24.5) 23 (20.2)  
Easy or difficult to find information on the Internet (mean ± SD/10; very difficult=0 – very easy=10) 371 6.74 ± 1.83 6.65 ± 1.85 6.94 ± 1.77 0.12
Finding incomplete information on the Internet (n (%)) 371     0.12
 Always   21 (5.66) 17 (6.61) 4 (3.51)  
 Often   245 (66.0) 175 (68.1) 70 (61.4)  
 Rarely   100 (27.0) 63 (24.5) 37 (32.5)  
 Never   5 (1.35) 2 (0.78) 3 (2.63)  
Finding false information on the Internet (n (%)) 371     0.49
 Always   6 (1.62) 5 (1.95) 1 (0.88)  
 Often   135 (36.4) 95 (37.0) 40 (35.1)  
 Rarely   215 (56.0) 149 (58.0) 66 (57.9)  
 Never   15 (4.04) 8 (3.11) 7 (6.14)  
Quality of information on the Internet (mean ± SD/10; very bad=0 – very good=10) 371 5.29 ± 1.48 5.30 ± 1.42 5.26 ± 1.61 0.99
Utility of information on the Internet (mean ± SD/10; very useless=0 – very useful=10) 369 6.08 ± 1.59 6.07 ± 1.61 6.12 ± 1.54 0.69
Influence of the information found on the Internet on the management of the child (mean ± SD/10; very poor=0 – very strong=10) 253 4.43 ± 2.37 4.43 ± 2.37 - -
Reasons for searching for information on the Internet (n/N (%)) /     
- To determine information “on their own”   316/362 (87.3) 220/252 (87.3) 96/110 (87.3) 0.99
- To check for information about specific maternal or child symptoms   268/364 (73.6) 177/253 (70.0) 91/111 (82.0) 0.02
- To have more control over decisions affecting their own health or their child’s health   156/360 (43.3) 115/252 (45.6) 41/108 (38.0) 0.18
- Because a health care provider had recommended a particular website   31/355 (8.73) 21/248 (8.47) 10/107 (9.35) 0.30
- Because they found one or more well-designed websites that made them want to read information   216/358 (60.3) 152/250 (60.8) 64/108 (59.3) 0.31
- To acquire information in addition to that already provided by health professionals   253/362 (69.9) 184/252 (73.0) 69/110 (62.7) 0.05
- Because the information provided by a health professional was not clear   79/358 (22.1) 62/251 (24.7) 17/107 (15.9) 0.07
- Because the information provided by a health professional was not satisfactory   72/356 (20.2) 59/250 (23.6) 13/106 (12.3) 0.01
- Because of a lack of time to ask a health professional questions   118/358 (33.0) 88/249 (35.3) 30/109 (27.5) 0.15
- Because women did not feel comfortable or did not dare to ask questions to their healthcare professional   93/357 (26.1) 74/249 (29.7) 19/108 (17.6) 0.02
- To gain confidence to speak to a health professional about a concern   61/355 (17.2) 45/248 (18.1) 16/107 (15.0) 0.25
- To have a second opinion   190/356 (53.4) 141/249 (56.6) 49/107 (45.8) 0.06
Thought that professionals should suggest suitable websites 421     0.47
Yes   315 (74.8) 214 (73.8) 101 (77.1)  
No   106 (25.2) 76 (26.2) 30 (22.9)  
  1. *Not tested.