A child whose mother did not attend the maternity hospital died four times as often in the first month after birth as a child whose parents used prenatal care four or more times.

An analysis of data from a national survey published a month ago in the global journal Health Action also found that children whose mothers visited unqualified antenatal clinic (ANC) were 3.5 times more likely to die than children in trained health care providers. You can find information regarding antenatal clinics via https://www.jacarandamaternity.co.ke/antenatal-care.

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Also, the study stated that newborns whose mothers did not receive the tetanus shot were twice as likely to die as babies born to mothers who received the vaccine. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended two visits to ANC in the first two quarters and two more in the last three months.

Each visit has a service package recommended by WHO. The first occurred in eight to 12 weeks, the second after 24 and 26 weeks, the third after 32 weeks, and the fourth after 36 to 38 weeks.

According to the survey, only 58 percent of women in Kenya attended the four recommended visits to the ANC. During their first visit to the ANC, expectant mothers will be vaccinated against tetanus and given iron and folic acid supplements, which are known to prevent several conditions, including maternal anemia and low birth weight.