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Comparing mothers' reports on the content of prenatal care received with recommended national guidelines for care.
  • Published Date:
    1994 Sep-Oct
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    Public Health Rep. 109(5):637-646
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    Public Health Rep
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    The Public Health Service's Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care Report in 1989 provided detailed guidelines for the components of each prenatal visit. However, the extent to which women were receiving the recommended care when the guidelines were being formulated has yet to be determined. The 1988 National Maternal and Infant Health Survey results permit an examination of the proportion of women who reported receiving some of the recommended procedures. Women were asked if they received six of the recommended procedures (blood pressure measurement, urine test, blood test, weight and height taken, pelvic examination, and pregnancy history) in the first two visits, and whether they received seven types of advice or counseling (nutrition; vitamin use; smoking, alcohol, and drug use cessation; breastfeeding; and maternal weight gain) any time during their pregnancy. Only 56 percent of the respondents said they received all of the recommended procedures in the first two visits, and only 32 percent of the respondents said they received advice in all of the areas. Logistic regression analysis indicated that women receiving their care from private offices were significantly less likely to receive all the procedures and advice than women at publicly funded sites of care. This study suggests that recommendations of the Public Health Service's expert panel were not being met.

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