Summary: In a study led by Japan native Sahoko Little, M.D., Ph.D., physician in the Family Medicine Department in the U-M Medical School, the researchers found that pregnant Japanese women who met with each other for regular prenatal group visits felt less anxious and better prepared for childbirth and motherhood. The study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine demonstrated that women with limited English proficiency and who shared similar cultural backgrounds benefited from supportive prenatal group. This has important implications for prenatal care and maternal support for minority populations in a family medicine setting.
Source: University of Michigan Health System. (2013, November 7). Pregnant woman with limited English speaking skills find comfort in prenatal support groups. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 20, 2014 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131107154614.htm