Do mothers who meet the minimum standard of antenatal visits have better knowledge? A study from Indonesia

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BACKGROUND: Maternal knowledge is one of the indirect causes of maternal mortality in Indonesia. Maternal knowledge that mothers must possess includes knowledge about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Maternal knowledge should be provided during pregnancy. The aim of this study is to identify maternal knowledge in postpartum women who have a history of the frequency of pregnancy visits according to the minimum standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive quantitative design was performed by assessing maternal knowledge to postpartum mothers using an online questionnaire which conducted in 2020 at two public health centers of Surabaya, Indonesia. A sample of this research involved postpartum mothers who completed inclusion criteria, namely physiological postpartum mothers and had regular pregnancy at least 6 antenatal care (ANC) visits. In contrast, the exclusion criteria were postpartum mothers who were not included in the target areas of research. It uses random sampling techniques and performs an analysis using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Three research questions showed a large percentage of wrong answers, namely preparation to face complications (64%), contraceptive methods in breastfeeding mothers (50%) and the first time using contraception during childbirth (42%). Meanwhile, all the correct results (100%) are exclusive breastfeeding and supplementary feeding for babies. CONCLUSION: Completing minimal standards of ANC visits cannot ensure adequate maternal knowledge, particularly crucial health information that influences maternal and neonatal health status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Education and Health Promotion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • Health policy
  • Maternal health
  • Maternity care
  • Midwifery
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy


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