The perinatal outcome of pregnancy without prenatal care: A retrospective study in Szeged, Hungary

Hajnalka Orvos, Ildikó Hoffmann, Ildikó Frank, Márta Katona, Attila Pál, László Kovács

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Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the social conditions of women who never attended prenatal care and to evaluate the perinatal outcome of their newborns. Study Design: A retrospective analysis of uncared pregnancies of women who delivered at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Szeged, Hungary between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1998. There were 5262 deliveries during this period, of which 54 (1%) had no prenatal care. Matched controls (108 cases) were selected on the basis of maternal age, educational level, the number of gravidity and parity, and marital status. Results: The mean age of women with out-of-care pregnancies was 27 years ± 3.9; 5 women were under 18, 23 (43%) were unmarried, 5 (9.3%) did not finish elementary school and 35 (65%) had only elementary school education. Compared to the controls there were more in preterm labors (33 versus 14% (OR 3.1, 95% CI 1.4-6.8)), lower birth weight (P <0.001) and more given up for adoption (17 versus 0.9% (OR 21.4, 95% CI 2.63-173.9)). Conclusion: These data underline the importance of regular prenatal care in the prevention of preterm delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-173
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2002

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Prenatal Care
Hungary
Pregnancy Outcome
Retrospective Studies
Gravidity
Pregnancy
Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Department
Premature Obstetric Labor
Social Conditions
Maternal Age
Marital Status
Parity
Gynecology
Birth Weight
Newborn Infant
Education

Keywords

  • IUGR
  • Preterm newborn
  • Uncared pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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The perinatal outcome of pregnancy without prenatal care : A retrospective study in Szeged, Hungary. / Orvos, Hajnalka; Hoffmann, Ildikó; Frank, Ildikó; Katona, Márta; Pál, Attila; Kovács, László.

In: European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Vol. 100, No. 2, 10.01.2002, p. 171-173.

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