Perceptions of focused prenatal care among women attending two tertiary centers in Nigeria

George U. Eleje, Daniel N. Onwusulu, Chukwuemeka O. Ezeama, Evaristus A. Afiadigwe, Ahizechukwu C. Eke, Joseph I. Ikechebelu, Joseph O. Ugboaja, Ayodele O. Okwuosa

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Abstract

Objective To determine women's perceptions and expectations of focused prenatal care visits. Methods The present questionnaire-based, cross-sectional survey was performed among pregnant women in their third trimester attending two tertiary health centers in southern Nigeria between January and March 2012. Obstetric data, histories, and information on preferences for prenatal visits were obtained using questionnaires. Results A total of 353 questionnaires were appropriately completed. Among 277 participants who stated a preference for the number of prenatal care visits, 241 (87.0%) reported a preference of more than four. Among 203 parous women, 132 (65.0%) had no previous negative obstetric experience. Only previous stillbirth (odds ratio [OR] 2.67, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.05-6.77; P = 0.039) among multiparous women, and HIV/AIDS (OR 0.27, 95% CI 0.06-1.17; P = 0.048) among all women were significantly associated with a preference for more prenatal visits. Conclusion Previous negative obstetric experiences did not generally affect preference for prenatal visits. However, pregnant women expressed dissatisfaction with a reduced number of visits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8415
Pages (from-to)174-177
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume131
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Focused prenatal care
  • Perceptions
  • Preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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