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1 Department of Midwifery, College of Medicine, Qom branch, Islamic Azad University, Qom, Iran

2 Jameatol-Mostafa-Al-Alamia, Qom branch, Qom, Iran


The aim of this study was to determine the adequacy of prenatal care in pregnant women referring to health centers in Qom in 2016. The type of applied research and a descriptive-analytical cross-sectional study was that data collection using a questionnaire consisting of four sections of pregnancy care characteristics (time of first care and number of care and calculation of care adequacy), demographic characteristics, midwifery and medical records, and factors preventing the correct receipt of prenatal care. The statistical population was 261 mothers who had referred to health centers in Qom in 2016 for prenatal care and stratified sampling method was used. Information about this study was analyzed using SPSS software. The results showed that 26.1% of pregnant women with insufficient care adequacy, 18.8% with moderate adequacy, 50.2% with adequate care and 5% with excessive adequacy of pregnancy care. Regarding the demographic characteristics of mothers, there was no significant difference between the adequacy of prenatal care for employed and housewives, Iranian and non-Iranian women, women living in rented houses and private homes. The adequacy of maternal antenatal care was not significantly related to any of the variables of midwifery and medical records. Only mothers with a history of natural childbirth had a higher rate of pregnancy adequacy than others. There was no significant difference between the adequacy of prenatal care and the factors that prevented this care.

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Adequacy of Prenatal Care in Pregnant Women Referring to Health Centers


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