Factors influencing the access to prenatal care by Hispanic pregnant women

J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 2002 Feb;14(2):93-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2002.tb00097.x.


Purpose: To explore factors influencing the access to prenatal care among Hispanic pregnant women living in the United States.

Data sources: A convenience sample of 46 Hispanic migrant pregnant women was interviewed over a 12-month period using a set of five open-ended questions.

Conclusions: The ability of the health care providers to communicate in Spanish, as well as the availability of culturally sensitive prenatal care were the main factors influencing the willingness of Hispanic women to access to prenatal care.

Implications for practice: With the Hispanic population increasing in the United States, there is a need to provide culturally appropriate health care for that population; prenatal care is one of the areas of health care in demand. This study supports the findings in the literature and provides nurse practitioners a deeper understanding of the needs of Hispanic women needing prenatal care.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Female
  • Guatemala / ethnology
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Mexico / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care*
  • Socioeconomic Factors