4129.0 Increasing access and utilization of antenatal services

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Early and comprehensive antenatal care has been identified as a major need to address maternal and newborn mortality. Yet many women in low resource countries wait until mid-pregnancy or later to start prenatal care and may only have one or two antenatal visits. This compromises the ability to provide tetanus toxoid immunization, test and treat STIs, and address complications of pregnancy in a timely fashion. This session will provide examples of interventions and research from different regions. Participants will learn new ways to think about addressing early and timely antenatal care.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify services to reduce maternal and newborn mortality during pregnancy 2. Evaluate reasons for low access to antenatal care in low resource settings 3. Compare methodologies for assessing utilization of antenatal care 4. Discuss social and cultural factors affecting antenatal care utilization

Contextual determinants of maternal health care services in Nigeria
Dorothy Ononokpono, Student and Clifford Odimegwu, Professor
Factors Influencing Entry into Prenatal Care in Rural Haiti
Kristen Pepin, BS, Judy Lewis, MPhil and Bette Gebrian, BSN, MPH, PhD

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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)