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Delvaux, Thérèse & Buekens, Pierre (1999). Disparity in Prenatal Care in Europe. Study Group on Barriers and Incentives to Prenatal Care in Europe. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 83(2), 185-190.


Objective: The purpose of the study was to compare prenatal care attendance in European Union countries, Hungary and Norway.
Study design: We analysed live births or deliveries from national registers in five countries, national surveys in five countries, and regional register or surveys in three countries.
Results: The frequency of no prenatal care was lower than 0.5% in 10 countries, 0.9% in Hungary, 2.1% in Greece and 2.6% in Portugal. Late prenatal care varied from 3.1% in Finland to 29.2% in Ireland. Late care among women with parity 4 and more varied from 7.7% in Finland to 41.5% in Hungary. Among women under 20 years old, late care varied from 11.8% in Finland to 39.5% in Portugal. The median number of prenatal visits varied from seven in Greece to 14 in Finland.
Conclusion: Prenatal care attendance varies widely among European countries. Late attendance is frequent in many countries.


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European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology


Delvaux, Thérèse
Buekens, Pierre