Journal of Excellence in Nursing and Healthcare Practice




Childbirth educators play an important role in educating pregnant women regarding their health. They bridge the gap between pregnant women and healthcare providers. A paucity of information exists on the benefits that pregnant women derive from interactions with childbirth educators regarding early cervical cancer detection. The purpose of our cross-sectional study was to investigate the association among education during early pregnancy offered by the childbirth educators, access to childbirth educators, availability of childbirth educators in the United States and survival from cervical cancer. Secondary data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) on 520,153 women were analyzed using logistic regression. Childbirth education delivered by childbirth educators during early pregnancy was associated with significantly fewer cervical cancer deaths (odds ratio = .917, CI = .896–.939, P = .000). Women with late-stage diagnosis had an increased likelihood of dying when diagnosed with cervical cancer (odds ratio = 1.043, CI = 1.042– 1.044, P = .000). Childbirth educators are effective at increasing awareness of cervical cancer among women in the early stages of pregnancy; this can improve survival and lead to positive social change.