Comparison of prenatal care coverage in early adolescents, late adolescents, and adult pregnant women in the Peruvian Amazon

Julia A. Ryan, Martín Casapía, Eder Aguilar, Hermánn Silva, Serene A. Joseph, Theresa W. Gyorkos

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Abstract

Objective: To compare prenatal care coverage between adolescent (early and late) and adult pregnant women in Iquitos, Peru. Methods: A random sample of 4467 birth records was collected. Multivariate analyses were performed to compare prenatal care coverage in all adolescent (10-14 years, 15-19 years) and adult (≥ 20 years) age groups and then for primiparous women only. Results: The mean number of visits was 5.0 for adolescents aged 10-14 years, 6.1 for adolescents aged 15-19 years, and 6.2 for women aged 20 years or older. For primiparous women, the means were 5.1, 6.2, and 6.8, for the respective age groups. Both the proportion attending and the number of prenatal visits were significantly lower in primiparous adolescents aged 10-14 years than in primiparous women aged 20 years or older (aOR 0.25; 95% CI, 0.10-0.62 and aRR 0.83; 95% CI, 0.74-0.94, respectively). Conclusion: All women attended prenatal care more frequently than the WHO's recommended 4 visits; however, early adolescents attended significantly less often than late adolescents or adult women. Further study of this inequality is warranted to adequately inform local health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume107
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Peru
  • Prenatal care

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