Date of Award

Spring 1987

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Sue Young

Committee Member

Karen Smith

Committee Member

Virginia Vidaver


The purpose of this study was to examine the differences between the unique learning needs of expectant parents and those perceived by childbirth educators. A purposive sample of 40 expectant parents and ten childbirth educators completed the Expectant Parents Learning Needs Tool (EPLNT) and a demographic inventory developed by the researcher. Subjects were classified into five groups based on their status as first-time fathers, repeat fathers, first-time mothers, repeat mothers, and childbirth educators. Data were analyzed using t-tests for independent samples and an ANOVA for group differences. The results showed significant differences in the learning needs between the expectant parents and childbirth educators.


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