Sughra Shehzad, Amina Aftab, Lala Rukh, Asma Faisal.
Quality of Antenatal Care Provided at Social Security Hospital, Islamabad.
J Islamic Int Med Coll Jan ;6(2):33-7.

Objective: To assess the quality of antenatal care provided to pregnant women in our set up at social security Hospital Rawalpindi. Study Design: Cross sectional Place and Duration of Study: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Social Security Hospital, Islamabad from October to December 2011. Materials and Methods: Women attending the antenatal OPD were interviewed using a pre tested semi structured questionnaire. A total of 285 women were included in the study. They were interviewed at their first antenatal visit. Results: Mean age of study population was 30 years and parity ranged from 0- 7.Majority were house wives and had their monthly family income less than 10,000 Rupees. Majority of the patients 'were multigravidas. All (100%) patients were looked after by doctors in Out- Patient Department (OPD). About 34.78% patients were educated about complications of Labour. Only 16.84% and 28.42% patients got advice about antenatal exercises and episiotomy care respectively. More than half (56.8%) patients were counseled for delivery in hospital, 26.31% patients were given contraception advice. About 57% received specific dietary advice for pregnant ladies and 45.26% were told about importance of breast feeding. Conclusion: Our study concluded that adequate antenatal care does not mean merely establishment or improvement of health centers or antenatal clinics, adequate supply of medicines and reducing waiting time, but it also involves education of pregnant women about good antenatal care and different health related issues.

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