The Impact of Adequate Prenatal Care in a Developing Country: testing the WHO recommendations

  title={The Impact of Adequate Prenatal Care in a Developing Country: testing the WHO recommendations},
  author={Gissele Gajate Garrido},
  journal={California Center for Population Research},
Deficient birth outcomes entail greater mortality risks, and higher probabilities of poor future health. This study is the first statistical examination of the effect of the World Health Organization’s recommended number of prenatal care visits for developing countries on birth outcomes. This study accounts for the endogenous nature of prenatal care decisions by using an instrumental variables approach based on the accessibility of prenatal services. Using the CLHN Survey I construct a measure… 

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  • Medicine, Political Science
    Journal of the American Medical Women's Association
  • 1995
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