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Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem

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ETGES, Micheli Regina; OLIVEIRA, Dora Lúcia Leidens Correa de  and  CORDOVA, Fernanda Peixoto. Prenatal care attention in the view of a group of women who use the supplementary subsector. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.32, n.1, pp.15-22. ISSN 1983-1447.

This qualitative approach study, aimed at understanding the perception of women who went through the Prenatal Care Attention (PCA), on the context of the Supplementary Subsector (SS), in relation to the quality of this attention. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed by descriptive categorization. For the interviews, the PCA was considered of good quality, meeting the women's needs and expectations. Receptivity, bonding with the expert, the consequently transmitted safety feeling and the duration of the appointments were the prominent criteria in this evaluation. Their experiences suggest that the PCA performed in the SS meets, in part, the recommendations of the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The appointments´ frequency and the orientation provided also meet the recommendations. However, the data suggest that the PCA does not meet the orientations of the MH and the WHO regarding avoiding the extended use of hard technology, such as obstetric sonography.

Keywords : Supplemental health; Prenatal care; Quality of health care.

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