Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 173–179 | Cite as

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

  • Allison J. Taylor
  • Gerald McgwinJrEmail author
  • Charles E. Sharp
  • Timothy L. Stone
  • Jeffrey Dyer-Smith
  • Michael J. Bindon
  • Loring W. RueIII


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.


pregnancy seatbelts motor vehicle collisions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allison J. Taylor
    • 1
    • 4
  • Gerald McgwinJr
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 6
    Email author
  • Charles E. Sharp
    • 5
  • Timothy L. Stone
    • 5
  • Jeffrey Dyer-Smith
    • 3
    • 4
  • Michael J. Bindon
    • 3
    • 4
  • Loring W. RueIII
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Public HealthUniversity of AlabamaBirmingham
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology, School of Public HealthUniversity of AlabamaBirmingham
  3. 3.Section of Trauma, Burns, and Surgical Critical Care, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of AlabamaBirmingham
  4. 4.Center for Injury Sciences at the University of AlabamaBirmingham
  5. 5.Sharpe & Stone Obstetrics/Gynecology
  6. 6.Center for Injury Sciences at the University of Alabama, BirminghamBirmingham

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