Social welfare and health services in the Frylesca Region in Chiapas: The use of antenatal care services

Héctor Javier Sánchez-Pérez, Héctor Ochoa Díaz López, María Del Mar García-Gil, Miguel Martín-Mateo

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    Abstract

    Objective. To analyze the use of antenatal care services (ACS) in the Fraylesca Region of Chiapas, Mexico, and to identify groups with lower probability of receiving ACS. Material and methods. In 1994, a health survey was performed on a random sample of 1 100 households, which compiled sociodemographic information and on the use of ACS during the last pregnancy within the two years previous to the study (n= 297 women from 15 to 49 years of age). The groups with lower probability of receiving adequate ACS (5 or more visits) were identified with a log-linear model. Results. Forty-two percent of women received inadequate ACS (0 to 4 visits). Women with better socioeconomic status had higher probability of using ACS adequately than women with lower socioeconomic status: OR 2.47 (CI 95% 1.12-5.44). Conclusions. Results provide evidence of the need to improve the quality of ACS, to support the traditional midwives and to improve living conditions of the population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)530-538
    JournalSalud Publica de Mexico
    Volume39
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997

    Keywords

    • Health services accessibility
    • Mexico
    • Midwives, practical
    • Prenatal care
    • Quality of health care

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