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Demographic patterns, attitudes and practices of women attending an antenatal clinic in rural Nepal


Demographic patterns, attitudes and practices of women attending an antenatal clinic in rural Nepal



Journal of the Institute of Medicine 12(1): 37-44



ISSN/ISBN: 1993-2979

PMID: 12283775

To establish the demographic patterns, attitudes, and practices of women attending an antenatal clinic in an isolated rural area, 175 women were interviewed by questionnaire, and 7 groups of 5 women were interviewed in focus discussion groups. Further demographic information was collected using routine registration data and was compared with similar data gathered from an under-10 years' clinic held in the same place on different days. This showed differences in caste distribution for antenatal clinic attenders compared to those attending the under-10 years' clinic. Almost 1/4 of the women were prepared to walk a considerable distance to attend the antenatal clinic. Compared to the national literacy rate, women attending here were more likely to be literate and to have attended the hospital for their previous delivery. Foetal lie was of particular concern to women attending this clinic. Even among this biased population, the majority of women still delivered at home with only the assistance of a female relative or friend. Sudhenis (traditional birth attendants) were used in only a small number of cases. Education, not only of the sudhenis, but also of local women, is important in improving perinatal care in rural areas.

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