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Table 5 Antenatal care and delivery practices (from the most recent pregnancy)

From: Knowledge and reported practices of men and women on maternal and child health in rural Guinea Bissau: a cross sectional survey

  Number % of women
Number of women received at all antenatal care 288 92.9
Number of antenatal checkups   
0 22 7.1
1-3 74 23.9
4-6 134 43.2
7-9 55 17.7
Other 6 1.9
Do not know 19 6.1
Place where checkups happened*   
At home by nurse 2 0.6
USB 33 10.6
regional clinic/NG clinic/hospital 273 88.1
Not specified 6 1.9
Place of delivery   
Husband home 163 52.6
Parent's home 53 17.1
Someone else's home 17 5.5
USB 6 1.9
Regional clinic 55 17.7
Hospital 9 2.9
Not specified 7 2.3
Attendance at delivery**   
Doctor 6 1.9
Nurse 28 9.0
Midwife 42 13.5
Matrona 74 23.9
Relative 141 45.5
Friend 16 5.2
Not specified 20 6.5
No one 8 2.6
Equipment used to cut umbilical cord   
Razorblade 210 67.7
Household knife 7 2.3
Scissors 51 16.5
Other 2 0.6
Do not know 40 12.9
Equipment was sterilised   
No 3 1.0
Yes 246 79.4
Do not know 61 19.7
Equipment sterilisation method   
New blade 215 69.4
Alcohol 12 3.9
Heat 9 2.9
Washing with soap 3 1.0
Other 2 0.6
Do not know 6 1.9
Umbilical cord dressing ***   
Alcohol 53 17.1
Palm Oil 74 23.9
Siti malagos 3 1.0
Bandage 54 17.4
Nothing 21 6.8
Other 106 34.2
Do not know 42 13.5
Time to put baby on breast after birth   
Immediately or within 1 hour 78 25.2
Within 24 hours 156 50.3
Within 3 days 67 21.6
Within 1 week 7 2.3
Within 1 month 2 0.6
  1. *a woman could have checkups at more than one place
  2. **more than one type of attendance could be reported
  3. ***more than one dressing could be reported