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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Factors associated with antenatal care bookings among pregnant women in Tshwane Health District, South Africa : public health intervention for maternal and child health

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

The antenatal period is an important opportunity for reaching pregnant women with several interventions important for the health and well-being of both the mother and the unborn child. The purpose of the study was to investigate the determinants of antenatal care booking among pregnant women in the Tshwane Health District, Gauteng Province. The study was a quantitative, descriptive study that was conducted among 320 pregnant women. A pretested, structured questionnaire was used to collect data. Data was collected on socio-demographic and obstetric issues. A logistic regression analysis was carried out to describe the determinants of timing for ANC booking. A total of 320 questionnaires were administered to the pregnant women attending Kgabo Community Health Care for their first booking at antenatal care. The mean age of participants was 25.3 years with a range of 14-45 years. The majority (88%) of the participants had a secondary level or higher education. About 22.5% of the participants were < 20 years old and 77.5% were ≥ 20 years. Only 22.5% of the participants were married. The majority of participants were not employed (69.5%). For those who earned a monthly income, about 79.4% earned an income of < R1000.00 whilst about 20.6% earned an income ranging between R1000.00 and R5000.00. About 56.9% travel < 5km to the nearest clinic, and women who travel < 5km to the nearest clinic were found to be twice likely to time their ANC booking at < 3 months as compared to those travelling ≤5km [OR=2.716; (95% CI=1.060; 6.959)]. Most of the participants reported that their current pregnancy was unplanned (77.7%), and almost half of them (49.2%) it was their first pregnancy. The results suggest that travelling shorter distances to the nearest clinic influences positive antenatal care booking times among pregnant women in the Tshwane Health District.

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2015-10-01
2019-10-13

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