Early antenatal care visit: a systematic analysis of regional and global levels and trends of coverage from 1990 to 2013
12 September 2017 - The timing of the first antenatal care visit is paramount for ensuring optimal health outcomes for women and children, and it is recommended that all pregnant women initiate antenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy (early antenatal care visit). Systematic global analysis of early antenatal care visits has not been done previously. This study reports on regional and global estimates of the coverage of early antenatal care visits from 1990 to 2013.
Data were obtained from nationally representative surveys and national health information systems.
Estimates of coverage of early antenatal care visits were generated with linear regression analysis and based on
516 logit-transformed observations from 132 countries.
The model accounted for differences by data sources in reporting the cutoff for the early antenatal care visit.