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Table 2 Antenatal health education areas mentioned by participants

From: Do Malawian women critically assess the quality of care? A qualitative study on women’s perceptions of perinatal care at a district hospital in Malawi

Topic Area
Health Promotion Eat nutritious diet
Sleep in a mosquito net
Go to antenatal clinic as scheduled
Go to antenatal clinic to be assessed
Reduce workload
Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Being faithful to each other
Use of condoms
Avoid extra marital affairs
Use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the mother
Giving medicine to the baby after delivery- antiretroviral syrup
Getting tested
Feeding Options Exclusive breastfeeding up to six months
Frequent breastfeeding of the baby
Breastfeed up to six months then stop if HIV positive, or do not breastfeed at all.
Breast milk is important, has everything
Danger Signs Severe headache, severe abdominal pains, malaria, HIV, vaginal bleeding, draining liquor, side effects of ART, nose bleeding
What to do when Danger signs occur Go to the hospital quickly
Go to the hospital quickly to prevent complications
Go to the hospital
Birth Preparedness Signs of labor
Have cloths for the baby and mother
Buy necessary things: basin, cloths, razor blade, thread, plastic paper, perineal pads.
Go to the hospital quickly when labor starts
Go to the hospital to be assisted
Go to the hospital, do not deliver at home; with traditional birth attendants