Factors Affecting Maternal Health Utilization in the Philippines


Utilization of maternal care is lowest in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with only eighty-five percent for prenatal care, twenty-one percent received professional delivery assistance and forty-eight percent obtained postnatal care. Meanwhile, the Na tional Capital Region (NCR) accounts for the highest percentage of maternal health utilization with ninety-seven percent for both prenatal and delivery care and seventy-six percent for postnatal services. Ninety-six percent of women from the urban areas received professional prenatal care while seventy-nine percent were assisted by professionals during childbirth and sixty-two percent obtained postnatal care On the other hand, the rural counterparts have the following percentages in terms of maternal health usage, ninety-three percent for prenatal care, fifty-six percent for assistance in delivery and half of the women had postnatal care. The use of prenatal care is highest for the age group 30-34 years old with ninety-five percent while it is lowest at 15-19 years of age with only eighty-seven percent. In terms of delivery care, a little difference in the percentage was obtained. Also, there is little difference in utilization of postnatal care by age. Women’s education is highly associated with use of maternal care in Philippines.

Source InstitutionNational Statistical Coordination Board
Source URLhttp://www.nscb.gov.ph/ncs/9thncs/papers/health_Factors.pdf
Page Count21
Place of PublicationMandaluyong City
Original Publication DateOctober 4, 2004