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Introduction: The three-month lockdown imposed on Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to continue the standard approach to prenatal care. This study examined the acceptability, benefits and challenges of Zoom application in the administration of antenatal care education in Ekiti state, southwestern Nigeria.
Methods: An online survey was conducted among 482 pregnant women out of 783 booked antenatal attendees who had compatible mobile device and enrolled in antenatal Zoom app meetings between April 2 and August 20, 2020.
Results: We found that 61.6% of participants in this study had access to compatible mobile phones, and 73.1% of them participated actively in the ANC Zoom online meetings during the period under review. The participants described such benefits of antenatal Zoom videoconferencing platform as improvement in access to direct information (82.5%), convenience (82.2%), ease of compliance with COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control protocols (79.6%), reduction in hospital waiting time
(79.4%), and reduction in the cost and frequency of hospital visits (74.3%). Conclusion: This study concludes that owing to the benefits of videoconferencing for the administration of antenatal care education, the Zoom app and similar technologies might become the new standard in the delivery of quality antenatal care services.

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Prenatal care COVID-19 pandemic Zoom app videoconferencing

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