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Table 3 Willingness to receive health information via mobile phone or internet

From: Interest of pregnant women in the use of SMS (short message service) text messages for the improvement of perinatal and postnatal care

Text messages   Mercedes (n = 83) Rosario (n = 63) All (n = 146)
   n (%) n (%) n (%)
Willingness to receive SMS during pregnancy Yes 78 (94.0) 62 (98.4) 140 (95.9)
  No 2 (2.4) 1 (1.6) 3 (2.1)
  Don’t know 3 (3.6) 0 (0.0) 3 (2.1)
Time to begin receiving SMS Before pregnancy 9 (10.8) 7 (11.1) 16 (11)
  From month 1 39 (47) 9 (14.3) 48 (32.9)
  From month 3 16 (19.3) 17 (27) 33 (22.6)
  From month 6 6 (7.2) 14 (22.2) 20 (13.7)
  From month 9 (before birth) 6 (7.2) 15 (23.8) 21 (14.4)
  Don’t know/No response 7 (8.4) 1 (1.6) 8 (5.4)
Willingness to receive SMS, post-partum Yes 75 (90.4) 58 (92.1) 133 (91.1)
Period to receive SMS, post-partum 0 to 2 months 13 (15.7) 23 (36.5) 36 (24.7)
  3 to 5 months 40 (48.2) 16 (25.4) 56 (38.4)
  6 to 11 months 12 (14.5) 13 (20.6) 25 (17.1)
  12 months or more 4 (4.8) 6 (9.5) 10 (6.8)
  Don’t know/No response 14 (16.8) 5 (7.9) 19 (13)
Preferred time of the day for receiving SMS Morning (8 am - before12pm) 31 (37.3) 21 (33.3) 52 (35.6)
Afternoon (12 pm - before 4 pm) 11 (13.3) 7 (11.1) 18 (12.3)
Evening (4 pm - before 8 pm) 7 (8.4) 10 (15.9) 17 (11.6)
Any time 30 (36.1) 23 (36.5) 53 (36.3)
Don’t know/No response 4 (4.8) 2 (3.2) 6 (4.1)
Preferred frequency to receive SMS 1 per week 40 (48.2) 37 (58.7) 77 (52.7)
  3 per week 31 (37.3) 13 (20.6) 44 (30.1)
  5 per week 2 (2.4) 1 (1.6) 3 (2.1)
  7 per week 6 (7.2) 9 (14.3) 15 (10.3)
  Don’t know/No response 4 (4.8) 3 (4.8) 7 (4.8)
Preferred pregnancy information Activities/things to avoid 76 (91.6) 59 (93.7) 135 (92.5)
  When to call a doctor 77 (92.8) 56 (88.9) 133 (91.1)
  Diet 70 (84.3) 62 (98.4) 132 (90.4)
  Appointment reminders 79 (95.2) 40 (63.5) 119 (81.5)
  Family planning 73 (88) 45 (71.4) 118 (80.8)
  What to expect at various stages of pregnancy 70 (84.3) 46 (73) 116 (79.5)
  Mental health 73 (88) 41 (65.1) 114 (78.1)
  Physical activity 61 (73.5) 45 (71.4) 106 (72.6)
  Pregnancy & delivery courses 69 (83.1) 24 (38.1) 93 (63.7)
Preferred infant information Baby skin care 77 (92.8) 62 (98.4) 139 (95.2)
  Diet 74 (89.2) 59 (93.7) 133 (91.1)
  Lactation 76 (91.6) 57 (90.5) 133 (91.1)
  When to call a doctor 74 (89.2) 56 (88.9) 130 (89)
  Appointment reminders 79 (95.2) 42 (66.7) 121 (82.9)
PHONE CALLS     
Willingness to receive phone calls Yes 78 (94.0) 49 (77.8) 127 (87.0)
during pregnancy No 4 (4.8) 12 (19.0) 16 (11.0)
  Don’t know 1 (1.2) 2 (3.2) 3 (2.1)
Time to begin receiving calls during pregnancy Before pregnancy 7 (8.4) 4 (6.3) 11 (7.5)
  Month 1 41 (49.4) 5 (7.9) 46 (31.5)
  Month 3 15 (18.1) 14 (22.2) 29 (19.9)
  Month 6 6 (7.2) 10 (15.9) 16 (11)
  Month 9 (before birth) 5 (6) 14 (22.2) 19 (13)
  Don’t know/No response 6 (7.2) 0 (0) 24 (16.4)
Willingness to receive phone calls post-partum Yes 78 (94) 49 (77.8) 127 (87)
No 4 (4.8) 12 (19) 16 (11)
Don’t know 1 (1.2) 2 (3.2) 3 (2.1)