A new research attempts to study the preferences of pregnant women for medical advice if compared between their mother’s advice or the books and guide available in the market amidst the debate of generational disconnect.
The sociology research was conducted at the University of Cincinnati by Danielle Bessett, UC, associate professor, Sociology.
The study reveals that most pregnant women still rely on their mothers for guidance and emotional support. Many of them considers it equally or over medical recommendation.
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation. It was published in the journal Reproduction, Health, and Medicine.
The research studies the mother-daughter dynamics in terms of complexities during pregnancy concerning potentially harmful advice from many pregnancy guidebooks.
The author performed the analysis by conducting in-depth interviews with pregnant women and their mothers. The analysis continued with pregnant women for nine months.
The study looked at two groups – pregnant women who hold a minimum of bachelor’s degrees and those with no higher education. The author found that both the groups had a similar influence of their mother with a little strong in the group wherein women did not have higher education. The author interprets it as a mark of little trust of women with not higher education on their medical practitioners.
The author also found that for advice related to food and medical tests pregnant women leaned more on their doctors while for advice on childcare and emotional support leaned to their moms.
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