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VILARINHO, Lílian Machado; NOGUEIRA, Lidya Tolstenko  and  NAGAHAMA, Elizabeth Eriko Ishida. Evaluation of quality of health care for adolescents in the prenatal and puerperium. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.2, pp.312-319. ISSN 1414-8145.

It is an evaluative study aimed to assess the quality of prenatal and postpartum for adolescents with children born alive in a public health institution in Teresina, Piauí. Two parameters were used to evaluate the prenatal care: an international index (Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization) and a national one, based on recommendations from the Ministry of Health. The quality of care was categorized as more appropriate, adequate, intermediate and inadequate. It was noticed that more than half of the women began the prenatal care at an early stage and the number of visits for prenatal care was inadequate. Most of them performed the ordinary prenatal exams, 75% had their breasts examined and 88.6% wereadvised about breastfeeding. The postpartum care was intermediate to 38.6% of women, 52.3% did not return to the health unit, nor received home visit, 70.5% were advised about contraceptive methods and 93.2% on breastfeeding. Efforts should be undertaken to ensure the quality of care in pregnancy up to the puerperium.

Keywords : Health Evaluation; Teenage Pregnancy; Nursing; Prenatal Care; Childcare.

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