16: Manunkind: Medical care for women

  • More than three-quarters of pregnant women in India received at least some antenatal care (ANC),
  • but only half the women had at least three ANC visits with a health provider during their pregnancy.
  • 74% of urban women having ANC at least three times, compared with 43% of rural women.
  • Overall, births assisted by a health professional increased to 49% from 42%; however, only 39% of rural women received assistance.
  • Most women still deliver their children at home, with 41% using hospitals.
  • Only about one-third of women received post-natal care within two days of delivery.
  • More than half of all women are anaemic.

Source: The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-III) 2005-06