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|Title: ||Factors affecting the pattern of Attendance of Saudi pregnant women to antenatal service.|
|Authors: ||A. Moawed, Salma.|
|Issue Date: ||1991 |
|Citation: ||The second International Scientific Nursing Congress on Health promotion. Higher Institute of Nursing, University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt|
|Abstract: ||The need for an appropriate care for children is not only crucial to mother’s health and well-being but also for the future generations.
Antenatal care is actually one of the best forms of preventive medicine. World Health Organization recommended that the expectant mother would be seen by a physician or a midwife ten to thirteen times during pregnancy. More frequent visits if symptoms of danger arise, the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has emphasized the importance of adequate antenatal health coverage of women by recommending specified pattern of visits to antenatal facilities. So, a study of pregnant women to determine the pattern of their attendance at antenatal care clinics and reasons for non-compliance with recommended patterns in Saudi Arabia is highly desirable. The study was conducted at six randomly selected primary health care centers. Two hundred and ten expectant Saudi mothers participated in the study. Data was collected through the interview method. The instrument consisted of three parts sociodemographic data, obstetric data and questions pertaining to factors that hinder pregnant women for completing the recommended patterns of antenatal visits. More than half of the respondents attended the antenatal care clinic on an irregular basis, with the irregularity caused mainly due to insufficient information about the importance of antenatal care, long waiting time, overcrowding (88.6%, 71.9%, & 74.6%, respectively). Therefore, health educational programs related to the importance of antenatal care and re-evaluation of antenatal clinics services are needed.|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Nursing|
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