Postpartum Education and Health Literacy: New Moms’ Perspectives

Teresa Wagner, Erika L. Thompson, Amber Gadson, Marie Stark, Kim Bush, Amy Raines-Milenkov

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Globally, 830 women die daily from preventable postpartum issues. Little research exists on health literacy’s role in maternal morbidity and mortality. This study examined new moms’ perception of postpartum education in Texas using the Integrated Model of Health Literacy. Twenty-one postpartum women underwent semi-structured interviews. We assessed their ability to access, understand, appraise and apply information based on postnatal education. Participants identified gaps in consistency and usability including too much information, lack of time to read and lack of cultural sensitivity especially about postpartum depression (PPD). Findings suggested a need for standardized, concise, health literate and culturally sensitive postpartum education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-359
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Health literacy
  • health communication
  • maternal mortality
  • postpartum education


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