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The rate of maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria had continued to be alarming notwithstanding government’s institution of intervention programmes focused on enlightening women on the need for prenatal care, postnatal care, family planning, and essential obstetric care. The need to find a lasting solution to this problem calls for a study that is not just focused on the medical factors but examines socio-demographic factors that are likely to predict access and utilization of maternal health information. The Objective of this therefore is to determine socio-demographic variables as predictors of accessibility and utilization of maternal health information, including maternal health knowledge among women in Lagos, Nigeria. The survey research method with purposive sampling technique was adopted in the study. Questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. Data collected were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistical methods. The theoretical framework for this study was anchored on Andersen Healthcare Utilization Model. The results revealed that socio-demographic variables studied jointly predicted access to and utilization of maternal health information, including, maternal health knowledge among women in Lagos. The variables also jointly have positive significant relationship with accessibility, utilization and maternal health knowledge of the women. Another finding is that the socio-demographic variables, taken together, contributed most to utilization of maternal health information out of the three dependent variables. The study established that educational status, marital status and age are the three key predictors of accessibility and utilization of maternal health information including, maternal health knowledge.