Communication technologies and maternal interest in health-promotion information about postpartum weight and parenting practices.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE:To describe postpartum women's access, perceived skill, confidence, and use of Internet and mobile technologies; their views about receiving health information about postpartum weight and parenting; and whether these factors varied by race/ethnicity or income level. DESIGN:Health survey of a stratified random sample. SETTING:County in central Texas. PARTICIPANTS:One hundred forty-five (145) White/Anglo, African American, or Hispanic women of higher and lower income. RESULTS:Overall, 122 (84.1%) of respondents had access to a computer with an Internet connection at home and made daily use of the following: the Internet 77.6%, e-mail 75.4%, cell phone 97.1%, and text messaging 66.7%. Significant racial/ethnic and income differences occurred in home Internet access, frequency of Internet and e-mail use, and perceived confidence or skill favoring White/Anglo women over ethnic minority women, and those of higher over lower income. Overall, 35.9% of women expressed "a lot" of interest in an Internet-based weight loss program, 38.9% in a weight loss program sent by mail, 44.8% in an Internet-based parenting advice, and 38.6% in parenting advice sent by mail. Women of higher and lower income differed significantly in their interest in three of the four types of health-promotion information and methods of delivery. CONCLUSION:Generally, women with lower income were more likely to express high interest in receiving health information related to parenting by mail than those of higher incomes, whereas women of higher incomes were more likely to express high interest in receiving weight loss and parenting information through the Internet.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walker, LO; Im, E-O; Vaughan, MW

Published Date

  • March 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 201 - 215

PubMed ID

  • 22376007

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22376007

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6909

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0884-2175

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01333.x


  • eng