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International Journal of Midwifery and Nursing Practice
International Journal of Midwifery and Nursing Practice
2018, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Part A
A study to assess the knowledge regarding neonatal jaundice among mothers admitted at Bharati Hospital and Research Centre of Pune city

Keithellakpam Memchoubi, Yogita Ahire, Diksha Borade and Namrata Chilwant

Neonatal jaundice is a common disorder worldwide and many affected babies brain damaged due to delay in seeking medical consultation. In India it is affected 60% of full term infants and 80% of preterm infants in the first three days after birth. It is a frequent cause of hospitalization of babies in the first month of life.
Problem statement: A study to assess the knowledge regarding neonatal jaundice among mothers admitted at Bharati Hospital and Research Centre of Pune City.
Objectives: 1) To assess the knowledge regarding neonatal jaundice among mothers. 2) To associate the findings with the selected demographic variables.
Materials and methods: A descriptive study was conducted to assess the knowledge regarding neonatal jaundice among mothers admitted at Bharati Hospital and Research Centre of Pune city, using 15 items structured questionnaires on neonatal jaundice, 100 mothers having neonatal jaundice baby were chosen for the study through convenient sampling technique. With help of our experts final tool was prepared. Reliability was conducted on 10 mothers of neonatal jaundice through test –retest method.
Finding of the study: 52% of mother were under age group of 19-25 years, 65% of mother were housewife, 50% of mother did graduation and 65% of mother were primipara. Majority of the mother, 56% were having good knowledge, 34% of the mother were having excellent knowledge and 10% of the mother were having poor knowledge. There is no significant association between the selected demographic variables and the knowledge of the mothers regarding neonatal jaundice i.e., age, education, occupation, number of children and history of previous children with neonatal jaundice.
Conclusion: In this study it is found that most mothers were having good knowledge but still there are mothers whose knowledge level are poor regarding neonatal jaundice. It shows that knowledge regarding neonatal jaundice among mother needs to improve and it requires greater attention commitment from health professional.
Recommendation: Keeping in view the findings of the present study, the following recommendations were made.
1) The study can be done in a larger sample size to generalise the results of the study.
2) The comparative between primigravida and multigravida study can be conducted.
3) An evaluating study can be done to determine the effectiveness of structured teaching programme of mother’s knowledge regarding neonatal jaundice.
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