Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil
Print version ISSN 1519-3829
CARNIEL, Emília de Faria et al. The "Born Alive Report" as a health guide at local level. Rev. Bras. Saude Mater. Infant. [online]. 2003, vol.3, n.2, pp. 165-174. ISSN 1519-3829. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1519-38292003000200006.
OBJECTIVES: to describe the profile of mothers and newborns in the vicinities of a Health Clinic based on the "Born Alive Report" (BAR). METHODS: cross-sectional descriptive study analyzing 400 BAR of a Health Clinic in the city of Campinas, in 1999. Mothers' profiles were described according to: age, education, job, marital status, number of children, frequency of medical visits during prenatal care, type of delivery; the newborns were described according to: birth weight and pregnancy age. The assessment of the association between variables was performed through the chi square test and crude odds ratios (OR) were calculated. For the variables of mothers' age and type of delivery a model of logistical regression was used to obtain adjusted OR values. RESULTS: mothers: 17,8% adolescents, 54,9% had not finished elementary school, 26% had no husband or companion, 40,2% no income, 44,3% with up to six medical visits during prenatal care. Children: 6,5% premature, 50,3% C-sections, 9% weighing up to 2.499 grams. Risks were inferred related to adolescents without husbands, without income and without information related to jobs. It was noted that women without income and low educational level were protected from C-sections. CONCLUSIONS: "Born Alive Reports" furnished input on mothers and newborns and demonstrated to be an adequate tool to monitor local reality, enabling the planning of actions.
Keywords : Newborns; Information systems; Pregnant women.