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Factors Affecting Birth Preparedness among Pregnant Women Attending Public Antenatal Clinics in Migori County, Kenya

Volume 3 - Issue 4

Cheptum Joyce*, Omoni Grace and Mirie Waithira

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    • School of Nursing Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya

    *Corresponding author: Joyce Cheptum, School of Nursing Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

Received: March 09, 2018;   Published: April 06, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.03.000929

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Background: Death of a pregnant woman is very devastating for the family and the community at large. Most of the causes of death are preventable through various strategies such as birth preparedness. When there is preparation early in advance, delays which can lead to morbidities or mortalities can be averted. Despite the strategy being in place for over 20 years, there are factors which affect its practice. This study sought to establish the factors affecting birth preparedness among pregnant women attending public antenatal clinics in Maori County.

Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study employing quantitative method though use of interviewer-administered questionnaire and qualitative method using focus group discussion. The study was carried out among pregnant women attending public ANC clinics in Migori County. Data analyzed using Strata version 11software.

Results: The factors which affected birth preparedness were marital status (p=0.004), residence (p<0.001), maternal occupation (p=0.01) and the partner’s level of education (p=0.001). Also, the type of health facility attended by the respondent was significantly associated with birth preparedness (p<0.001).

Conclusion: There are socio-demographic, economic and socio-cultural factors affecting birth preparedness.

Keywords: Birth Preparedness; Antenatal Care; Pregnant Women; Factors; Pregnancy

Abbreviations: ANC: Antenatal Care; BP: Birth Preparedness; FGD: Focus Group Discussion; MNH: Maternal Neonatal Health

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