Health Status and nming of Onset of Prenatal Care: Is There an Association Among Low-Income Women?
Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 71–76, June 1994
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Enderlein, M.-C., Stephenson, P. A., Holt, V. L. and Hickok, D. (1994), Health Status and nming of Onset of Prenatal Care: Is There an Association Among Low-Income Women?. Birth, 21: 71–76. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.1994.tb00238.x
- Issue published online: 2 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2007
ABSTRACT: We examined medical obstetric conditions predating pregnancy and current symptoms as predictors of the timing of the start of prenatal care among low-income women in Snohomish County, Washington. The investigation was a cross-sectional survey with retrospective record review. Subjects were 473 women who sought care through the community health center network, which was the only provider of prenatal care for low-income women in the county at the time of the study. Women with a history of two or more medical or obstetric conditions were more likely than those without such histories to seek prenatal care early in pregnancy. Women who, in the current pregnancy, had few physical symptoms were more likely to delay seeking prenatal care than symptomatic women. Among this relatively homogeneous group, sociodemographic characteristics were not associated with the timing of entry into prenatal care. The Jindings help to explain the patterns of prenatal care use of certain groups, and suggest avenues for intervention to improve use among low-income women. (BIRTH 21:2, June 1994)