Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SILVA, Raimunda Magalhães da et al. Cartography of healthcare for pregnant women. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.3, pp.635-642. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000300009.
This work uses cartography as a method for mapping the trajectory of primary healthcare provided to pregnant women. The scope of the study comprises 9 Basic Healthcare Units located in the city of Juazeiro do Norte in the State of Ceará. In all, fifteen women in the 37th to 39th week of pregnancy were selected. Interviews were conducted with these women during the period from January to June 2010. The cartographic findings were depicted in stages in the flowchart, which exposed lacunas in prenatal healthcare, such as the low number of oncotic cytology exams conducted and the lack of educational counseling. Nevertheless, in the interviews, a significant number of pregnant women expressed satisfaction with the prenatal care provided. The good relationships developed between the healthcare professionals and the pregnant women were the main reason that led them to continue the treatment. This fact reinforces the importance of dialogue between these two actors for the success of prenatal healthcare.
Keywords : Pregnancy; Cartography; Comprehensive health and prenatal care.