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Ante natal care is the care of women during pregnancy from the conception until delivery. It is considered as one of the four pillars of “safe motherhood initiative”. The main aim of pregnancy is to achieve, at the end, a healthy mother and healthy baby. The ante natal checkups are important for the health of the mother and outcome of pregnancy. This consists of routine checkups for mostly healthy pregnant women in order to identify signs and risks of disease and provide timely response. In 2001, WHO recommended that all pregnant women should have at least four ante natal checkups assessment by or under the super vision of a skilled attendant and in 2016, WHO recommend eight visits or contacts with skilled personnel during pregnancy. The researcher selected the Agasteeswaram block was selected as the study area. From this block five coastal (fishing) villages were selected for the study. There were 14 Anganwadi Centres functioning in these villages. There were 117 mothers who have registered their pregnancy for 3 months from June to August, 2018 and have one to three months old new born babies. The main objectives of the study is to discuss about the economic and demographic characteristics and the expenditure on ante natal checkups of the pregnant women respondents in the private hospitals.

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