What is it about?

In simple terms, this study shows that how much money you have and where you live can affect whether you get the right care during pregnancy, especially if you're a young mom. So, it's important for healthcare programs to focus on helping young moms who come from poorer backgrounds.

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Why is it important?

Our study is unique because it specifically examines the factors influencing prenatal care utilization among both adolescent girls and young women in Indonesia. This is timely and important because maternal health is a critical issue, and understanding why some young mothers miss crucial pregnancy check-ups can lead to targeted interventions to improve their health and that of their babies. By focusing on this specific demographic and highlighting the role of socio-economic factors, our work can help policymakers and healthcare providers make more effective decisions to ensure better maternal healthcare for all.


This publication highlights a critical issue in maternal healthcare, particularly in the context of Indonesia. It's deeply concerning that many young mothers, both adolescents and young adults, aren't receiving the necessary prenatal care. This not only impacts their own health but also the health and well-being of their newborns. What strikes me as crucial here is the connection between socio-economic factors and access to care. It underscores the broader issue of health disparities in society, where those with more resources tend to receive better care. It's a stark reminder that healthcare should be accessible to all, regardless of one's economic background. The findings call for targeted efforts to support young mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds. By doing so, we can make meaningful strides in reducing maternal mortality rates and improving overall maternal and child health. This study serves as a reminder that healthcare policy must consider the unique needs and challenges faced by different demographic groups, particularly vulnerable ones like young mothers.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Determinants of utilization of antenatal care services among adolescent girls and young women in Indonesia, Women & Health, May 2016, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2016.1181136.
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