Enhanced Information Package Given at Birth: Effects on Early Parenting Experiences and Use of Educational Resources and Community Services at Age 3 Months
Objectives To determine the effect of an enhanced information package, the Welcome to Parenthood® (W2P) Kit, given at birth on (a) early parenting experiences and (b) use of educational resources and community services. Methods Two-group, post-test only design, with parents (mothers and fathers) in comparison group (n = 186; received standard discharge information) recruited prior to intervention group (n = 195; received W2P Kit); most were Canadian-born and highly educated. Participants completed an investigator-designed, online or telephone survey at 3 months postpartum, which generated quantitative and qualitative data. The W2P Kit included evidence-based, educational resources about infant feeding, child development, and parenting skills that targeted mothers and fathers, information about community services for new parents, infant board book, and small gifts. Results At 3 months postpartum the intervention group was significantly more likely to be aware of, and to have used, the educational resources than the comparison group. The intervention group was also more likely to have made an unplanned visit to the doctor for their infant, but groups did not differ in early parenting experiences or use of community services. Parents who received the W2P Kit reported that it was helpful to learn about various aspects of child development and parenting. Conclusions for Practice Parents who received the W2P Kit reported increased awareness and use of educational resources, but participants in both groups reported similar experiences as a new parent and use of community services. An enhanced information package given at birth may be a useful health promotion strategy.
KeywordsMothers Fathers Postpartum Parenting education Intervention study
We gratefully acknowledge funding from UpStart: Champions for Children and Youth, The United Way of Calgary and Area, and the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, Innovation Fund for the Welcome to Parenthood—Rockyview General Hospital project. Thanks to research assistants Deb Wasylenko, Ashleigh Tan, Phil Woods, Alina Stanciu, Dennis Kim, Jacinthe Ly Dang, Indiana Best, and AHS Volunteers.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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