Patterns and determinants of maternity care in Damascus

Bashour, H.; Abdulsalam, A.; Al-Faisal, W.; Cheikha, S.
May 2008
Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal;mai/jun2008, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p595
Academic Journal
This descriptive study was designed to describe the patterns and determinants of maternity care among Syrian women living in Damascus. All 39 birth registers in 2 large provinces were used to recruit 500 mothers of healthy newborns. Mothers were interviewed in their homes using a semistructured questionnaire. Multivariate analysis of the determinants of the frequency of use of antenatal care showed the following variables were significant: urban residence and visit to antenatal care in the 1st trimester. The significant variables for an early visit to antenatal care were the woman's level of education; being pregnant with the 1st baby; and number of visits to antenatal care. Being young (age < 20 years) also correlated with early timing of the 1st antenatal visit.


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