Prenatal Peer Counseling - an Answer to the Persistent Difficulties with Prenatal Care for Low-Income Women
Référence bibliographique 
Lapierre, Judith, Perreault, Michel et Goulet, Céline. 1995. «Prenatal Peer Counseling - an Answer to the Persistent Difficulties with Prenatal Care for Low-Income Women ». Public Health Nursing, vol. 12, no 1, p. 53-60.
Intentions : « [...] bringing to light the theoritical groundwork and presenting empirical findings that support prenatal peer couseling. » (p. 55)
Type de traitement des données : Réflexion critique
« Our intention in this article is to provide the reader with the theoretical framework of prenatal peer counseling. A second article describing a prenatal peer program that is functional in the province of Quebec will be presented subsequently with its outcomes and recommandations. However, before planning the implementation of such a program or even assessing its effectiveness, one must understand how peer counseling and be used as an assistive strategy and why it is perceived to be a community approach worth considering with pregnant women from poor socioeconomic backgrounds. This approach addresses most problems encountered when prenatal programs fail to meet the specific needs of these women. Principles of the therapeutic community and its derivatives are put forward to lay the theoretical foundation of prenatal peer counseling. The studies reviewed show that psychosocial variables associated with pregnancy outcome poverty such as anxiety, social support, and self-esteem can be positively influenced through a prenatal peer couseling program. We strongly recommend that nurses working with low-income families consider prenatal peer couseling as an empowerment strategy for mothers within a given community. » (p. 53)