Maternal cytomegalovirus infection prevention: the role of Dutch primary care midwives

Monique T R Pereboom, Judith Mannien, Evelien Renate Spelten, Eileen K Hutton, Francois Schellevis

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to assess the knowledge of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection among Dutch primary care midwives, and clinical approaches to informing women about CMV.

cross-sectional study, using self-administered questionnaires.

330 Dutch primary care midwives.

primary midwifery care practices across the Netherlands.

Main outcome
Midwives׳ knowledge of CMV transmission routes and maternal symptoms, and clinical practice behaviours regarding CMV, the information typically provided or reasons for not informing pregnant women about CMV.

the overall median knowledge score was 8.0 out of a maximum possible score of 13.0. Of all participants, 10.6% reported always informing pregnant women about CMV infection prevention and 41.0% reported never informing pregnant women. The main reason indicated for not informing pregnant women was lack of knowledge about preventive methods (45.7%).

Dutch primary care midwives have limited knowledge of CMV infection. Improvement in providing education to pregnant women about strategies to prevent CMV is necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1196-1201
Number of pages6
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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