Data

Share of mothers visited by a health professional during pregnancy

What you should know about this indicator

Pregnant women receiving prenatal care are the percentage of women attended at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel for reasons related to pregnancy.

Limitations and exceptions: For the indicators that are from household surveys, the year refers to the survey year. For more information, consult the original sources.

Statistical concept and methodology: Reproductive health is a state of physical and mental well-being in relation to the reproductive system and its functions and processes. Means of achieving reproductive health include education and services during pregnancy and childbirth, safe and effective contraception, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries.

Good prenatal and postnatal care improves maternal health and reduces maternal and infant mortality. However, indicators on use of antenatal care services provide no information on the content or quality of the services. Data on antenatal care are obtained mostly from household surveys, which ask women who have had a live birth whether and from whom they received antenatal care.

Source
Multiple sources compiled by World Bank (2024) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
May 20, 2024
Next expected update
May 2025
Date range
1984–2021
Unit
%

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

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May 20, 2024
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Multiple sources compiled by World Bank (2024) – processed by Our World in Data. “Share of mothers visited by a health professional during pregnancy” [dataset]. Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and UNICEF (via World Bank), “World Development Indicators” [original data]. Retrieved June 22, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/share-of-mothers-receiving-at-least-one-antenatal-visit-during-pregnancy