Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología
versão impressa ISSN 0034-7434
CACERES-MANRIQUE, Flor de María. Prenatal care: an urgent reflection. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2009, vol.60, n.2, pp. 165-170. ISSN 0034-7434.
Introduction and objective: this paper aims to reflect on how access to prenatal care (PNC) is adhered to and the barriers to it. PNC is the recommended strategy for the early detection risks during pregnancy, establishing suitable management, preventing complications and preparing pregnant females for birth and parenting. However, not all pregnant women have access to PNC for different reasons, these being mostly beyond their control. The barriers to and reasons for failure to adhere to PNC must thus be known to ensure that the dream of safe motherhood becomes real.
Palavras-chave : pregnant women; health care; accessibility to health services; quality of health care; access and assessment.