Awareness of birth preparedness and complication readiness in southeastern Nigeria.

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar P.M.B 1278, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
ISRN obstetrics and gynecology 01/2011; 2011:560641. DOI:10.5402/2011/560641
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ABSTRACT The aims of this study are to assess the awareness and intention to use maternity services. This was a multicentric study involving 800 women. Educational status was the best predictor of awareness of birth preparedness (P = 0.0029), but not a good predictor of intention to attend four antenatal clinic sessions (P = 0.449). Parity was a better predictor of knowledge of severe vaginal bleeding as a key danger sign during pregnancy than educational level (P = 0.0009 and P = 0.3849, resp.). Plan to identify a means of transport to the place of childbirth was related to greater awareness of birth preparedness (χ(2) = 0.3255; P = 0.5683). Parity was a highly significant predictor (P = 0.0089) of planning to save money. Planning to save money for childbirth was associated with greater awareness of community financial support system (χ(2) = 0.8602; P = 0.3536). Access to skilled birth attendance should be promoted.

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