IJSRP, Volume 2, Issue 10, October 2012 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Dr. Manjula G. Kadapatti, Dr. A.H.M. Vijayalaxmi
The objectives of the research study were to study the birth status of the new born , born in Government and Private hospitals, to examine the effect of antenatal care on birth outcome and to study the effect of birth weight on developmental outcomes of infants at Six months of its age. The sample consists for the research method was 904 births of both government and private hospitals of Dharwad city constituted the sample. All births were measured within 24 hours of delivery. From the birth register and baby’s information sheet required information was collected and mothers were interviewed with the help of interview schedule after delivery to elicit the necessary information. Correlation of co-efficient was applied. Results reveals that that antenatal care of mother was significantly and positively associated with weight of the newborn indicating that more number of visits and treatment taken during pregnancy was related to their outcomes in addition to their previous antenatal care of the mother was also statistically significant with present outcomes in terms of weight Better weight of babies was found among mothers who had received antenatal care, throughout their pregnancy period. Incidence of low birth weight babies was found much more among mothers who did not receive any antenatal care during their pregnancy period. The study concludes that the proper antenatal care during pregnancy decreases the complications for both mother and infants. The birth weight increased with increased total number of antenatal care.