Research Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 11
Page No. 1416 - 1421

Evaluation of Health Services Provided for Women During Pregnancy in Yasuj, Iran

Authors : Rahim Ostovar, Ali Mousavizadeh, Fariba Mohamed, Gholam-Hossein Shahrak and Abbasali Karimi

Abstract: One of the first level basic services of health system is health care during pregnancy and continuous improvement of these services requires continuous evaluation. The aim of this study was to determine the status of maternal health services for pregnant women, in Yasuj city in Iran. This study was a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted in 2011 in Yasuj. The study population consisted of pregnant women covered by urban health centers and urban units in Yasuj and the sample included 220 pregnant women in their 45 week of pregnancy selected by cluster sampling. The clusters include health centers and health units which had mothers in 40-first week of pregnancy. To complete the information through questionnaires, the mothers were asked complementary questions. The information was gathered using two researcher made questionnaires the content validity of which was evaluated using the comments of 4 midwifery and health education specialists and their reliability was evaluated using Cronbach’s alpha test (30 people) and the alpha coefficient was obtained 0.83. The data were assessed using SPSS18 Software and to analyze the data, central tendency and dispersion were used. The average age of study participants was 27.2 (26.5-27.9) and the individuals with university education were 31.5%. About 13.5% of the participants were in high-risk groups (under 18 and over 35 year). The status of taking iron, multivitamins and folic acid supplementation during pregnancy among women participating in the study was 97.1, 69.3 and 96.2%, respectively. The results show that in the first trimester of pregnancy, 2% of women had moderate anemia and 6.6% had mild anemia. About 66% of mothers had good and very good knowledge of the danger signs during pregnancy and 84% of them evaluated their satisfaction of care as good care. Most of the correspondence in the finding of this study was between the perception of the mother on fetus hearing (95%) and the least correspondence was related to the examination of the eyes, organs, face and skin (35.6%). Regarding the general status of pregnant women care in Yasuj results showed that only 14.2% of mothers had 50% of anticipated visits (>5 times) to health units to receive their care but in the meantime 60.8% of them visited the gynecologist >5 times during pregnancy. These findings suggest that mother’s visits to the health units in this study was not only undesirable but was also not satisfactory. The clear offer based on the evidence is review of care system.

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Rahim Ostovar, Ali Mousavizadeh, Fariba Mohamed, Gholam-Hossein Shahrak and Abbasali Karimi, 2016. Evaluation of Health Services Provided for Women During Pregnancy in Yasuj, Iran. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 11: 1416-1421.

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