Antenatal Care Booking Pattern at a Tertiary Hospital in South- Eastern Nigeria.

C Okeudo, BU Ezem, EC Ojiyi, CC Obiora, RC Onoh


Background: Adequate antenatal care is a key strategy
for reducing maternal mortality, but millions of women in
developing countries do not receive it.
Aim: To determine the prevalence of late antenatal booking
and the factors which affect it.
Patients and Method: A descriptive study of the
pattern of antenatal care booking of 400 normal pregnant
women who registered with the antenatal care unit of the
Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, Imo State,
Nigeria from January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2010 was done.
Results: The mean gestational age at booking of the
women was 23.64±8. The mean gestational age at booking
for grandmultiparous women was significantly higher (27.6
weeks) than other parities (P<0.05). The prevalence of late
antenatal care booking was 85.3.0%. Younger and older
women were statistically (P=0.000) more likely to book late
for antenatal care. All (100%) of single mothers booked late
for antenatal care. Women who had post-secondary
education contributed 51.0% of the women who booked
Conclusion: Majority of the women in this study booked
late for antenatal care. Efforts should be made to reverse

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