The objective of this prospective study was to identify the socioeconomic determinants of antenatal care-seeking among rural women in a South Indian setting. The extent and nature of the antenatal mobidities suffered by these women are also described. The results give their responses to sequential questionnaires administered during pregnancy and beyond. All those who became pregnant in 11 South Indian villages within a 25-month period from August 1996 to September 1998 were followed as part of the study. Responses were collected during pregnancy itself, thereby reducing the recall error inherent in many cross-sectional studies. This article presents survey results for 282 women interviewed two or more times during pregnancy, with the second interview taking place during the latter part of the third trimester. Occasional supporting qualitative information is also given based on in-depth interviews with pregnant women and their families, as well as with health-care providers and other key informants.
Matthews, Z.; Mahendra, S.; Kilaru, A.; Ganapathy, S. Antenatal care, care-seeking and morbidity in rural Karnataka: Results of a prospective study. Asia Pacific Population Journal (2001) 16 (2) 11-28.