Objectives: The study aims to identify the attitude, practice and satisfaction of rural mothers
concerning antenatal care (ANC) and the main obstacles for non-utilization of ANC services.
Subjects and Methods:
Design: A retrospective study design was used for the conduction of this study.
Setting:This study was implemented in Gamgara village, Benha District, Qalubeya, Governorate
Subjects: A simple random sampling technique was followed to include 400 women who had given birth within one year before data collection
Data collection tools: An interview questionnaire was developed to collect data about
sociodemographic variables and women's attitude and utilization of ANC services during their
Statistical analysis:All data collected was coded and entered on Microsoft Access database XP
and analyzed with SPSS version 13.
Results: Egyptian rural women have misbeliefs, negative attitudes and sense of
dissatisfaction toward utilization of ANC services. ANC utilization is poor, with
late booking and unfulfilled visits.Determinants of less utilization of ANC are
lower education (less than secondary level), low social class and multigravidity
Conclusion The study recommended that During ANC visits, health care providers
should maintain proper communication with mothers and answers to all
questions, especially for mothers who are less educated, poor or
multigravidas. ANC home visits by trained midwives and nurses should be
organized in order to achieve early ANC booking and to encourage regular
visits to MCH centers.ANC providers should be preferably females.
Education of girls, at least till the secondary level, is a national objective
that should be fulfilled.