Introduction The Brazil is encouraging actions and campaigns to ensure prenatal care quality to all pregnant women. Recognising the importance of public health policies, it is necessary to know the consequences of these actions on pregnant women in our maternity hospital, which are exclusive to users of the Public Health System.
Objective To quantitatively identify the coverage of antenatal consultations among pregnant women admitted to the maternity HEAC, according to technical guidelines of the Ministry of Health
Method A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted between 01/08/2013 to 31/01/2014. Through a structured questionnaire and review of medical records.
Results We studied 1061 pregnant women, these feature: mean age 24.98 ± 6.47 years; 9.1 ± 2.9 years of education; 69.4% live with a partner; and 40.26% paid work. Concerning the adequacy of prenatal care, we found: Missing: 0.38%; inappropriate: 8.09%; Intermediate: 12.14%; and appropriate: 75.72%. Totaling 24.28% of queries considered inadequate. The mean gestational age of entry into prenatal care was 14.8 ± 7.1 weeks among all pregnant women. Stratifying pregnant in teenagers and adults, we observed an average of 15.8 ± 7.4 ticket and 14.55 ± 7.02 weeks, respectively, with statistical significance (p value 0.02).
Conclusion Although prenatal be available in the public health of the city, there is still a considerable number of women with absence or inadequate realisation of prenatal care. In addition to observing a delayed uptake, especially among pregnant adolescents. Strategies must be implemented for early identification of pregnant women, resulting in positive effects for children, women and society.