An Analytical study to determine the Prevalence and Factors associated with Late first Antenatal Care Visit among Pregnant Women at Mukono General Hospital, Mukono District.
Keywords:Late first Antenatal , Pregnant Women , Prevalence
A study was carried out to determine the prevalence and factors associated with late first antenatal care visits among pregnant women at Mukono General Hospital, Mukono District.
The study design was descriptive and cross-sectional and it employed both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. A sample of 60 respondents was selected using a purposive sampling procedure and an interview guide was used to collect data.
The proportion of pregnant mothers who timely initiated ANC visits was 40 (66.7%) attended the first ANC visit between 4 – 6 months of pregnancy, 40 (66.7%) had attended ANC once during the current transition, 24 (40%) reported lack of awareness/knowledge as a reason for failing to timely initiate ANC visits, followed by 16 (26.7%) who reported lack of support, 12 (20%) reported that they did not feel the need to attend early. Respondents also faced various maternal factors as 40 (66.7%) respondents reported that they did not attend ANC in the last pregnancy, 50 (83.3%) did not receive advice before starting ANC visits, 60 (100%) did not have other means of testing current pregnancy, 40 (66.7%) reported not having adequate knowledge about ANC services, 40 (66.7%) reported that they sometimes had to get their husband`s approval to start ANC visits, 42 (70%) rated the previous experiences of services utilization as good.
Respondents faced various socio-demographic and maternal factors which have led to a low proportion of mothers attending the 1st ANC visit in the first semester as recommended.
Including improving efficiency and reducing waiting time, improving customer care, more support, and health education about ANC among others.
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