Health seeking behavior among pregnant women in rural Haiti

Academic Article


  • The purpose of this study was to further knowledge of health care seeking behavior among pregnant women in rural Haiti. Eighty-two pregnant women were interviewed to assess care seeking behaviors during pregnancy, satisfaction with services, reliance on social networks, and management of pregnancy-related illness. Twenty-five percent reported not seeking care in the formal health sector for a pregnancy-related illness; 32% delayed seeking care. Women relied primarily on their husbands and mothers for health care advice during pregnancy and times of illness, and coped with illness by lying down. Strategies for improving awareness and health care access are discussed. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 9510795
  • Author List

  • White K; Small M; Frederic R; Joseph G; Bateau R; Kershaw T
  • Start Page

  • 822
  • End Page

  • 838
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 9