Seatbelt Use During Pregnancy: A Comparison of Women in Two Prenatal Care Settings

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Objectives:This study examines knowledge of proper automobile restraint use during pregnancy and attitudes toward restraint use. This manuscript, the second in a series, compares knowledge and attitudes in two populations of pregnant women, those receiving prenatal care at several county clinics and those receiving care in a private practice.Methods:A survey requesting demographic information and frequency and knowledge of proper automobile restraint use was administered during prenatal visits.Results:County clinic patients (n = 450, 70% black) were younger and less educated than private practice patients (n = 203, 75% non-Hispanic white). Fewer county patients (49%) always wore seatbelts prior to the pregnancy than private practice patients (88%). Correct use was reported by fewer county clinic patients (67%) than private practice patients (83%). Few (25–28%) in either setting reported receiving information on seatbelt use.Conclusions:Despite existing knowledge with respect to the consequences of seatbelt non-use in pregnant women, the proportion of women receiving information about correct seatbelt use during pregnancy appears to be low, regardless of care source.

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