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Keywords:

  • Adherence;
  • massage;
  • mother–child relation;
  • pregnant women;
  • teaching

Abstract

Purpose

Little is known about learning/adherence after different baby massage teaching strategies. We compared the learning/adherence after two strategies.

Design and Methods

Twenty mothers from the group manual-course (GMC) and 20 from the group manual-orientations (GMO) received a booklet. GMC participated in a course during the third trimester. GMO received verbal instructions during the postpartum hospital stay. Multiple-choice and practical tests assessed learning (GMC: performing strokes on a doll; GMO: on the baby). Adherence was measured 3 months after childbirth.

Results

No differences were found between the groups in learning/adherence.

Practice Implications

Both teaching strategies showed similar and positive results.