Barcelona, Nov 5 (EFE) .- 63% of mothers consult the Internet during pregnancy, but when it comes to answering questions or asking for advice 60.5% goes to their midwife, according to a survey presented today by the president of the Federation of Associations of Midwives of Spain (FAME), Cristina Martínez.
Cristina Martinez presented at a press conference the results of a study conducted by FAME, with the collaboration of Caprabo, through 800 interviews with women-400 Catalan and 400, from the rest of Spain, entitled “Fears of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. ”
Martinez has stated that at a time when “we are looking for everything in the network” it is important “to contrast this information with doctors to manage it well and that there is no anguish”.
The president of FAME has also stressed that “the mother always has to take into account if the website she is looking at has professionals behind”.
In this sense, the study indicates that 63% of the mothers who consult on the Internet do so on blogs and websites of health professionals, valued at 7.36 out of 10, while the pages of magazines and companies specialized in maternity have a assessment of a 7.2.
“We understand that this virtual resolution of the questions and fears derived from pregnancy is positive, since these are usually questions of common sense.”
According to this study, the main fear of mothers in all phases of pregnancy is that the baby has health problems, followed by fear of losing the baby and having complications in childbirth.
Among the variables analyzed, the president of FAME has remarked that each time “the mother is more worried if the family will be able to ensure her life and that of the baby in the current economic and employment situation in Spain”.
Another of the fears that Martinez has stressed is that an episiotomy is performed, that is, a cut in the vagina of the pregnant woman to facilitate the exit of the fetus: “Spain has to improve a lot there, since in 2012 an episiotomy was performed in 41% of the cases, Fairfax OBGYN and the WHO recommends that it never exceed 30%. ”
This fear could be avoided, according to Martinez, “with a midwife who controls pain during delivery, so that it is not implemented and pharmacology is not used,” although in Spain “there are only 23 midwives per 100,000 women, a figure that in the Nordic countries it reaches 120 “.
In that sense, the president of FAME has claimed the “significant increase in the preference for a birth the more natural, the better”, a trend that “requires hospital centers to do more physiological births and to divide between risk areas”.
Regarding the relationship between mothers and midwives, the study shows that 76% of the women surveyed usually rely on the midwife to resolve their doubts about pregnancy, delivery or postpartum.
“The qualities most valued by midwives are their professionalism, the personalized resolution of doubts they offer and the closeness and proximity to mothers,” said the president of FAME.
To facilitate their work, Martínez has explained that the federation works so that mothers can make visits by videoconference to public hospitals, which “would greatly facilitate the access of all pregnant women to midwives.”
The president of FAME has also explained that, for the future, they want to do a similar study on the fears and feelings of parents during pregnancy, since these are, according to the data provided by the study, the first influence on decisions of the mothers.