Use of mobile phones and television for essential obstetric care among women availing maternal and child health services at a rural maternity hospital in South Karnataka

  • Sakthi Arasu S St John's National Academy of Health Sciences
  • Ashmika Jain St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru
  • Sunita Lakra St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru
  • Antony Sophia St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru
  • Avita Rose Johnson St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru
Keywords: Pregnancy, Cell Phone, Cross-Sectional Studies, Hospitals, Maternity

Abstract

Background: To improve on Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rates, newer technologies need to be explored to achieve Sustainable Development Goals of 2030. Objectives: To assess the use of mobile phones for essential obstetric care and associated factors among women availing obstetric services at a rural maternity hospital in South Karnataka. Material & Methods: A cross sectional study was done among the women availing obstetric services in Snehalaya Hospital, Solur in Ramnagara District. Results: There were 236 women included in the study, with a mean age 23.3 (3.22) and 11.78 (2.87) mean years of completed education. 99.15% had mobile phones but only 65% among them had their own phone. None of the women received text messages from MCTS (Government MCH Texts). Of the 53.4% women who had smartphone at home, only 42.4% used the smartphone to search for general health information and none of them used their mobile phone to access essential obstetric care. 48.2% watched health related advertisements and promotions on TV. Antenatal care was adequate among the women, but birth preparedness was found to be poor. Conclusion: The rural women in this study had poor utilization of mobile phones in obstetric care despite the presence of smartphones at home.

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Author Biographies

Sakthi Arasu S, St John's National Academy of Health Sciences

Post Graduate Student

Department of Community Health

St John's Medical College

Avita Rose Johnson, St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru

Assistant Professor

Department of Community Health

St John's Medical College

Published
2019-06-30
How to Cite
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S S, Jain A, Lakra S, Sophia A, Johnson A. Use of mobile phones and television for essential obstetric care among women availing maternal and child health services at a rural maternity hospital in South Karnataka. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 30Jun.2019 [cited 22Aug.2019];31(2). Available from: http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1020
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