Indonesia’s high maternal mortality rate—over four times the target set by the Sustainable Development Goals—highlights the urgent need to identify proven interventions that can reduce maternal deaths. In a recent article, funded by USAID through the Health Policy Plus project and published by BMC Public Health, a group of Indonesian researchers examine whether pregnancy classes have the potential to increase the uptake of maternal health services—a factor that can greatly reduce maternal mortality rates. The study found that mothers who completed participation in a pregnancy class program were over two times more likely to receive adequate antenatal care (2.2) and almost three times more likely to use the services of a skilled birth attendant (2.7) and give birth in a health facility (2.8).
Azhar, K., I. Dharmayanti, D.H. Tjandrarini, and P.S. Hidayangsih. 2020. “The Influence of Pregnancy Classes on the Use of Maternal Health Services in Indonesia.” BMC Public Health 20:372
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