1MSc, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2midwifery group, school of nursing and midwifery, mashhad university of medical sciences
3Professor, Health Sciences Research Center, Departement of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Health , Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
4Assistant Professor, Department of Acupuncture and Massage, School of Traditional Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Background & aim: Counseling is the first and most important tasks of the health care providers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the midwives and health care providers in the healthcare centers affiliated to the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in giving consultation about the fertility promotion. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 107 midwives and health care providers working in the midwifery, maternal-child, and family planning units of the health centers and community health centers in Mashhad, Iran in 2015. The subjects of the study were selected using the stratified and cluster sampling methods. The data collection was performed using an observation checklist and a self-assessment questionnaire. The data were analyzed using the descriptive statistics, independent t-test, one-way ANOVA, Chi-square test, and Pearson correlation coefficient through the SPSS version 16. Results: According to the results of the study, the mean performance of the health workers in fertility counseling was 21.2±12.5 out of 79, which represented a weak level in this regard. The counseling performance had a significant relationship with the education, age of marriage, and husband's job (P<0.05). In addition, the mean fertility counseling performance score obtained from the self-assessment was 30.7±3.3 out of 36, indicating a good performance. Conclusion: Based on the results obtained from the observation checklist, the fertility promotion counseling performance of most of the participants was at a poor level. However, the results of the self-assessment demonstrated that the majority of the participants had a good level of counseling performance in this regard. Regarding this, it is essential to train the counseling skills to the midwives and health care providers according to the country's new policies in terms of fertility promotion.