Preliminary evaluation of records of antenatal care at sub-centre in Western Maharashtra

Shekhar S. Rajderkar, Sonali A. Sohani, Amit N. Sohani, Yogesh R. Saale


Background: Health record are essential for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and routine data collection at facility level. Antenatal care is an important intervention for preventing maternal morbidity and mortality. The aim of study is to assess the antenatal care records at sub-centre level. The objective are evaluation of antenatal registration and completeness of antenatal register.

Methods: A record based cross sectional study was conducted at a sub-centre in Western Maharashtra. Study period was for 1 month. Data collection was done one year i.e., recent record from November 2017 to October 2018 is selected for study.

Results: Out of 141 entries from registers, level of completeness of various data entries in the register were as follows. Mother’s name was 100% (141), mother’s ID was 69.5% (98), expected date of delivery was 97.87% (138), initial weight of mother was 16.31% (23), tetanus toxoid received by mother was 9% (13). Whereas records of address of mother, height of mother and 4 antenatal visits which includes haemoglobin, blood pressure, urine albumin/sugar details were completely lacking. Only 64.5% (91) of antenatal registration were within 12 week of pregnancy.

Conclusions: Early registration of pregnancy is less and needs to be increased for proper antenatal care. Incomplete records lead to loss of important health data; hence staff should be made aware of the need to keep records updated. Sub-centre-specific reasons for incomplete records e.g., lack of training, lack of time or motivation needs to be identified for improvement.


Health records, Antenatal care, Maharashtra

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