Preference of Home Delivery among Women in Damaturu

Abstract

This study examined the factors that determine preference of home delivery and the dangers associated with it among women in Damaturu town of Yobe State. A cross-sectional descriptive design; purposive sampling technique was used in selecting 330 women who had at least delivered once or had been pregnant for not less than 42days; questionnaires were administered; and interview was also conducted. However, cultural factor and fear hampered the collection of more data for the study. Out of 300 questionnaires distributed, 295 were completed. The most important determinants of home delivery in the study were lack of transportation, weak relationship between women and health workers and improper hospital/clinic hygienic. Training of traditional birth attendant, intensive public awareness to both parents, monitoring of hospitals/clinic’s environmental hygiene and improvement of patient-health workers’ relationship is important. This paper may be used as a reference for further research especially in rural areas of Yobe State.

Keywords: Determinants, home delivery, maternal death, neonatal death

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Pages: 18-33 (Download PDF)

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