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Table 2 Significant others related variables of pregnant women who visit public health institutions for ANC in Axum town, by timing of ANC attendance, Axum, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, June 2017 (n = 386)

From: Timing of first antenatal care attendance and associated factors among pregnant women in public health institutions of Axum town, Tigray, Ethiopia, 2017: a mixed design study

Variables   Timely bookers n = 106(%) Late bookers’ n = 280(%) Total n (%)
Advised to start ANC Yes 49 (34.3) 94 (65.7) 143 (37)
No 57 (23.5) 186 (76.5) 243 (63)
Source of Advice n = 143 From Husband 23 (41.1) 33 (58.9) 56 (42.7)
From HEWs 17 (28.8) 42 (71.2) 59 (41.3)
From Husband, family, HEWs and friends 9 (32.1) 19 (67.9) 28 (16.1)
Informed when to start n = 143 Yes 37 (36.6) 64 (63.4) 101 (70.6)
No 12 (28.6) 30 (71.4) 42 (29.4)
Informed time to start ANC n = 101 before 16 weeks after cessation of menses 33 (56.9) 25 (43.1) 58 (57.4)
16 weeks after cessation of menses 38 (88.4) 5 (11.6) 43 (42.6)
Decision for ANC initiation With Husband 70 (30.2) 162 (69.8) 232 (60.1)
My self 36 (23.4) 118 (76.6) 154 (39.9)
Husband’s courage on timely ANC initiation n = 386 Yes 100 (29.2) 244 (70.9) 344 (89.1)
No 6 (14.3) 36 (85.7) 42 (0.9)
Husband’s courage on timely ANC initiation n = 386 Yes 100 (29.2) 244 (70.9) 344 (89.1)
No 6 (14.3) 36 (85.7) 42 (0.9)
Reason for husband’s not participating on timely ANC initiation n = 42 Because pregnancy is normal 5 (22.7) 17 (77.3) 22 (52.4)
Doesn’t know the occurrence of pregnancy 6 (30) 14 (70) 20 (47.6)
Reason for husband’s not participating on timely ANC initiation n = 42 Because pregnancy is normal 5 (22.7) 17 (77.3) 22 (52.4)
Doesn’t know the occurrence of pregnancy 6 (30) 14 (70) 20 (47.6)