Antenatal care and women's birthing decisions in an Indonesian setting: does location matter?

Ansariadi Ansariadi, Lenore Hilda Manderson

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Introduction: Poor maternal health outcome, still a major health problem in developing countries, is influenced by both women s personal characteristics and the characteristics of the place where they live. Identifying the spatial distribution and clusters of poor maternal health outcomes can assist in developing geographically specific interventions. This article examines the influence of urban and rural settings on antenatal care and birthing decisions in South Sulawesi, a province in Indonesia, and investigates the existence of geographical clusters of women s decision regarding antenatal care and birth assistance. Methods: Data were derived from a survey of 485 women who recently gave birth. Household coordinates, midwives location and hospital location were recorded using a handheld global positioning system (GPS). Logistic regression was used to examine the influence of place of residence on antenatal care and women s birthing decisions. SaTScan software was used to identify the location of geographical clusters. ArcGIS v9.3 was used to visualize and interpret the distribution of facilities and clusters. Results: Area of residence determines the likelihood of a woman presenting for antenatal care - care that pregnant women receive from skilled birth attendants. The likelihood of hospital delivery or delivery at home with the support of a skilled birth attendant (SBA), however, was not determined by residential area. Distance to nearest SBA, working as a
Original languageEnglish
Article number2959
Number of pages17
JournalRural and Remote Health
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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