Sky Journal of Medicines and Medical Sciences Vol. 5(2), pp. 015-019, April, 2017, Available online, http://www.skyjournals.org/SJMMS

ISSN 2315-8808 ©2017 Sky Journals

 

Full Length Research Paper

Obstetric characteristics of women attending antenatal clinic in a tertiary hospital in Nigeria
 

Ago Boniface Uji1*, Efiok Eyo Efiok1, Abeshi Sylvester Etenikang1, Njoku Charles Obinna1, Nkwo Emeka Chinedum2, Oyama Sunday Egor1

 

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Calabar, Nigeria.
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Medical Center Umuahia, Abia, Nigeria.
 

*Corresponding author. E-mail:  bonifaceago@yahoo.com.  Tel.:+2348023215319.

 

 

Accepted  17 April, 2017

 

Abstract

 

Antenatal care is intended not only to provide safe pregnancy and delivery, but also to provide health awareness on the benefits of antenatal care services. Overtime, early booking and reduction of grand multiparity have been advocated. This study intended to find out the obstetric characteristics of our booked patients by assessing the percentage of women who booked early, the mean gestational age at booking, the parity configuration, and mean maternal age at booking in our center. This was a retrospective review of the booking register of pregnant women at the booking clinic. Ethical consent was obtained and relevant information extracted from the booking register and imputed in Epi_Info7 statistical package for analysis. 1649 pregnant women were booked during the study period. 15.3% booked early, the mean gestational age was 21.7 ± 5.1 weeks, 27.8% were nulliparous while 2.5% were grand multiparous. The mean age of the women at booking was 27.9 ±7.1years. About 85% of our pregnant women booked late. There is need to intensify health awareness on the benefits of early booking.

Key words: Antenatal care, gestational age at booking, parity and maternal age at booking.

 

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