Antenatal Care and Maternal Health in Maternity Hospitals (2003)

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Meluda Rajab Ehmadi¹ and Anwar Mohammed Al- Bakosh²

1-Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya 2-Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Tripoli Medical Centre, Tripoli, Libya

JMJ 2007,Vol.7, No.4:284-290


The purposes of antenatal care are to detect any disease in the mother, ameliorate the discomfort of pregnancy, monitor and promote foetal well being and maintain the mother and foetus in the best possible state of health by identifying problems actual and potential at an early stage and instituting appropriate management. The study conducted to provide a descriptive profile of ANC, to know common maternal health problem among pregnant mothers admitted to maternity hospitals and to know the conditions that carry increased risk of maternal morbidity. The study was carried out at maternity hospitals in Tripoli and Zawia. The study included all pregnant women, who were admitted to ANC unit of those hospitals over a period 4 months (15/3/2003- 15/7/2003). Data was collected, coded and analysed by computer using SPSS programme. Results of the study showed that 83% of mothers attended ANC clinic, 58% of pregnant women were attending in the second trimester and the common morbidity conditions were pre-eclampsia (18%), vaginal bleeding (15%) and urinary tract infection (8%). 30% of cases were pregnant with associated general disease. In 43.6% of the mothers Haemoglobin was <11g/dl. 33% had interpregnancy intervals of <2 year and most women were investigated regarding blood group , anaemia; HBV, HCVand HIV infection and for presence of bacteriuria. Keywords: Antenatal care, Risk factors, Morbid condition. Link/DOI: