Women's perceptions of access to prenatal care in the United States: a literature review.

@article{Phillippi2009WomensPO,
  title={Women's perceptions of access to prenatal care in the United States: a literature review.},
  author={Julia C Phillippi},
  journal={Journal of midwifery & women's health},
  year={2009},
  volume={54 3},
  pages={219-25}
}
Women report many barriers to accessing prenatal care. This article reviews the literature from 1990 to the present on women's perceptions of access to prenatal care within the United States. Barriers can be classified into societal, maternal, and structural dimensions. Women may not be motivated to seek care, especially for unintended pregnancies. Societal and maternal reasons cited for poor motivation include a fear of medical procedures or disclosing the pregnancy to others, depression, and… CONTINUE READING