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Antenatal care in south India.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian College of Midwives Incorporated journal
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
3
Pages
9–10
Identifiers
PMID: 9384081
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Asia
  • Behavior
  • Clinic Activities
  • Counseling--Beneficial Effects
  • Delivery Of Health Care
  • Developing Countries
  • Health
  • Health Services
  • India
  • Maternal Health Services
  • Maternal-Child Health Services
  • Organization And Administration
  • Prenatal Care
  • Primary Health Care
  • Program Activities
  • Programs
  • Psychosocial Factors
  • Southern Asia

Abstract

A primary health care model implemented in Auroville, South India, is providing pregnant women with a high standard of prenatal care. The author of this article is an Australian midwife who is serving as a resource to local health workers. Attendance for prenatal care is high in the village, primarily because of outreach efforts by indigenous community health workers. Counseling and psychological support are key components of prenatal care. Pregnant women have an opportunity to discuss problems related to women's low status, either privately or in groups of other women attending the session. Their self-esteem is enhanced by the interest of the health workers and the support received from other pregnant women, and this has a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes.

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