Woman’s knowledge about her pregnancy state is an important input to decrease maternal mortality and improve the conditions in-utero for the child. This paper explores the effect of the distance to a health clinic on pregnancy knowledge. Using a seven-year, individual level monthly panel dataset in Nepal, I find that living closer to a clinic that offers pregnancy tests decreases in 1.3 percentage points the proportion of women who do not know they are pregnant, from a base of 3.47%. I argue that the results are driven by the provision of the technology of pregnancy testing. Women’s experience with previous pregnancies also contributes to reduce the false negatives.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||24|
|State||Published - Nov 30 2017|