A T Owolabi

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria

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Publications (19)10.37 Total impact

  • Owolabi AT, Bakare B, Kuti O, Loto OM
    Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 01/2010; 4(2):8-11.
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    ABSTRACT: Maternal psychopathology and self-esteem during childbirth may have an effect on maternal parenting self-efficacy. This study aimed to asses the self-esteem of newly delivered primiparous mothers who had cesarean section (CS) in relation to their parenting self-efficacy. A total of 115 primiparous women who delivered by CS were compared with 97 matched controls who had vaginal delivery during the same period. They completed the Rosenberg self-esteem scale prior to discharge. They also completed the parent-child relationship questionnaire at six weeks postpartum, together with the Rosenberg self-esteem scale. The mean score on the Rosenberg self-esteem scale was significantly lower for the CS group, both prior to discharge (p = 0.006) and at six weeks (p < 0.001), than the vaginal delivery group. The mean score on the parent-child relationship questionnaire was also lower in those who had CS compared with those who had vaginal delivery (p < 0.001, OR 4.71, 95% CI 1.75-14.71). CS in Nigerian women is associated with lowered self-esteem and predicts poor parenting self-efficacy in the postnatal period. Psychological support and techniques to improve self-esteem and parenting should be incorporated into the management of women having CS.
    Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica 10/2009; 89(1):35-8. · 1.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aims to assess the level of self-esteem of newly delivered mothers who had caesarean section (CS) and evaluate the sociodemographic and obstetrics correlates of low self-esteem in them. Newly delivered mothers who had CS (n = 109) and who had spontaneous vaginal delivery (SVD) (n = 97) completed questionnaires on sociodemographic and obstetrics variables within 1 week of delivery. They also completed the Rosenberg self-esteem scale. RESULTS. Women with CS had statistically significant lower scores on the self-esteem scale than women with SVD (p = 0.006). Thirty (27.5%) of the CS group were classified as having low self-esteem compared with 11 (11.3%) of the SVD group (p = 004). The correlates of low self-esteem in the CS group included polygamy (odd ratio (OR) 4.99, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.62-15.33) and emergency CS (OR 4.66, 95% CI 1.55-16.75). CS in South-Western Nigerian women is associated with lowered self-esteem in the mothers.
    The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine: the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 07/2009; 22(9):765-9. · 1.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Between 1 January and 31 December, 2006, 34 consecutive cases of severe pre-eclampsia (12), imminent eclampsia (10) and eclampsia (12) who were admitted at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife in the south-western part of Nigeria, were investigated for the development of HELLP (haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count) syndrome in a prospective study. The ages of the women ranged from 18 to 38 years, parity 0-5 and the estimated gestational age from 18-41 weeks at presentation. A total of 26 (76.5%) of the patients were unbooked, six (17.6%) of the 34 cases developed HELLP syndrome. Four (33%) of the 12 eclamptics developed HELLP syndrome, while only one (10%) of the cases of imminent eclampsia and 1 (8.3%) of severe pre-eclamptic cases developed the syndrome. Using the Mississippi Triple class system, none of the HELLP syndrome cases belonged to Class I; 4 were categorised in Class II while 2 were in Class III. All of the four eclamptic cases with HELLP syndrome died giving a 100% fatality rate while none of the imminent eclamptic and severe pre-eclamptic patients with the syndrome died. Furthermore, there were six (15.8%) perinatal deaths among the 38 infants delivered by the 34 mothers with severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. Our data suggest that the development of HELLP syndrome is more likely in eclamptic patients and when it occurs in them, it is highly fatal. Most of the cases in this study were unbooked. Substandard care may have contributed to the progression of the disease state and consequently, to maternal mortality. It is imperative to draw up an action plan for the identification of the risk factors for the development of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia at peripheral hospitals and maternity centres and for prompt referral of such cases afterwards. Efforts should also be geared towards the minimising of treatment delay in all phases, so as to minimise both perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality.
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 05/2009; 29(3):195-9. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The study aimed to compare the sociodemographical characteristics, obstetrical complications and foetal outcome in delivered booked mothers and delivered unbooked mothers and to determine the correlation of maternal and perinatal outcomes. In a prospective study over a 22-month period, outcomes of pregnancies of women booked for antenatal care were compared with that of unbooked women, who delivered in our unit at the Wesley Guild Hospital, Nigeria. 29 percent of the 1,154 deliveries in the study period comprised unbooked mothers. Compared with booked mothers, unbooked mothers had a higher tendency to be younger (29.3 +/- 6.08 vs. 31.12 +/- 4.80; p-value is less than 0.001), unmarried (9.2 percent vs. 1.8 percent; p-value is less than 0.01), with lower educational status (25.8 percent with postsecondary education vs. 58.7 percent; p-value is less than 0.01), lower social class (25.0 percent in upper class vs. 52.3 percent; p-value is less than 0.001) and with higher proportion of multipara (12.5 percent vs. 5.5 percent; p-value is less than 0.02), higher incidence of antepartum haemorrhage (odds-ratio [OR] 5.96, 95 percent confidence interval [CI] 2.53-14.29, p-value is less than 0.001), anaemia (OR 2.75, 95 percent CI 1.09-4.47, p-value is less than 0.001) and preeclampsia/eclampsia. Unbooked mothers were half as likely as booked mothers to deliver by spontaneous vaginal delivery (OR 0.45, 95 percent CI 0.29-0.71, p-value is less than 0.001) but were twice as likely to deliver preterm babies (OR 2.03, 95 percent CI 1.14-3.59, p-value is less than 0.009) and three times more likely to have babies with birth asphyxia. Perinatal and maternal mortalities were higher in unbooked mothers. The study showed a positive correlation between unbooked mothers and an increased risk of maternal and foetal adverse outcomes.
    Singapore medical journal 08/2008; 49(7):526-31. · 0.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to determine the incidence of, and identify independent risk factors to retained placenta in Ile-Ife, southwestern Nigeria. This was a prospective case-control study involving 120 women with retained placenta after vaginal birth at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, southwestern Nigeria over a period of seven years. Two consecutive normal deliveries after each retained placenta served as controls. Following a bivariate analysis, a multivariate logistic regression model was constructed in order to define independent risk factors for retained placenta while controlling for confounding variables. During the study period, there were 120 cases of retained placenta, and the total number of deliveries was 6,160, making the incidence 1.9 percent. Independent risk factors associated with retained placenta include non-use of antenatal care (odds-ratio [OR] 22.71, 95 percent confidence interval [CI] 10.5-49.12, p-value is less than 0.000), previous retained placenta (OR 15.22, 95 percent CI 3.30-70.19, p-value is less than 0.000), previous caesarean section (OR 12.00, 95 percent CI 2.05-70.19, p-value is less than 0.006), maternal age 35 years or more (OR 7.10, 95 percent CI 1.5-32.40, p-values is less than 0.012), grand multiparity (OR 6.63, 95 percent CI 1.88-23.40, p-value is less than 0.003), previous dilatation and curettage (OR 4.44, 95 percent CI 1.69-11.63, p-value is less than 0.002), preterm delivery (OR 3.12, 95 percent CI 1.12-8.68, p-value is less than 0.029) and placenta weight less than 501 g (OR 2.91, 95 percent CI 1.34-6.32, p-value is less than 0.007). Women with identifiable risk factors should be targeted for the prevention of retained placenta. There is a need for the training of birth attendants in the proper conduct of delivery and third stage of labour to prevent placenta retention and postpartum haemorrhage.
    Singapore medical journal 08/2008; 49(7):532-7. · 0.63 Impact Factor
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    O Kuti, AF Faponle, AB Adeyemi, AT Owolabi
    Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 01/2008; 3(1).
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    Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 01/2008; 2(2).
  • Oluwafemi Kuti, Adebayo B Adeyemi, Alexander T Owolabi
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the breast-feeding practices and duration of lactational amenorrhoea among women within the first year of delivery in a Nigerian population. Cross-sectional study carried out between January 2005 and April 2006, among mothers within one year of delivery, who were attending the Infant Welfare Clinic at Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, Nigeria. Using a semi-structured questionnaire, mothers were interviewed to obtain information regarding their socio-demographic characteristics, parity, breast-feeding habits, use of contraception and onset of menstruation after delivery. Information obtained was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 11. All 268 (100%) mothers interviewed breast-fed their babies, 261 (97.4%) of which for at least 6 months. Most (71.6%) suckled exclusively for 6 months and more; only 10 (3.7%) never carried out exclusive breast-feeding. Age, parity and educational level did not affect the duration of exclusive breast-feeding. Lactational amenorrhoea lasted 3 months or more in 229 (85.5%) of the mothers. Of the 174 who exclusively breast-fed for 6 months, 109 (62.6%) remained amenorrhoeic during that time and, hence, met the criteria for use of LAM contraception. Exclusive breast-feeding among nursing mothers is highly prevalent among Yoruba mothers of South-west Nigeria. Since lactational amenorrhoea lasts 6 months in about two-thirds of the women nursing for that period of time, there is a great potential for the application of LAM for contraception.
    The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 01/2008; 12(4):335-9. · 1.81 Impact Factor
  • D I Ukpong, A T Owolabi
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    ABSTRACT: The study investigated postpartum emotional distress including depression among 47 Nigerian women who had a caesarean section by comparing them at 6-8 weeks following childbirth with 47 matched controls who had normal vaginal delivery. Analysis of scores on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-30) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) showed that women that delivered by caesarean section were significantly different from the controls on the GHQ and BDI scores in the postpartum period. Apart from marital status, other sociodemographic variables did not significantly contribute to psychopathology in this group of women. This observation is in support of the view that caesarean childbirth may predispose Nigerian women to adverse psychological sequelae.
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 03/2006; 26(2):127-9. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although variable clinicopathological entities have been documented in sickle cell trait in pregnancy, such information is absent in this environment. This study therefore was aimed at examining the outcome of pregnancy in a population of Nigerian women with sickle cell trait. A prospective analytical study was carried at Ile-Ife, Nigeria comparing morbidities and mortalities between 210 pregnant women with sickle cell trait and 210 women with HbAA. Data were processed using SPSS 11.0 and PEPI packages, and the p value was set at =0.05. There were no significant differences between mothers with sickle cell trait and HbAA in terms of sociodemographic characteristics, the course of labour, deliveries and morbidity patterns. However, mothers with sickle cell trait had significantly fewer attacks of malaria in pregnancy (25.7% compared with 34.8%) and faster recovery of their newborn from birth asphyxia at 1 min (0.9% compared with 4.9%). Sickle cell trait may confer greater resistance to malaria in pregnancy and carries no extra risk to the outcome of pregnancy.
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 03/2006; 26(2):133-7. · 0.55 Impact Factor
  • A T Owolabi, O Kuti, I O Ogunlola
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    ABSTRACT: Induction of labour may be indicated despite an unripe cervix. The purpose of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of intravaginal misoprostol and an intracervical Foley's balloon catheter for preinduction cervical ripening and labour induction. A total of 120 patients requiring indicated induction of labour with an unfavourable cervix (Bishop's score < or =4) were randomised prospectively to receive either 50 mug intravaginal misoprostol every 6 h for a maximum of two doses, or an intracervical Foley balloon catheter for 12 h followed by an intravenous oxytocin infusion. The two arms of the study were comparable with respect to maternal age, parity, gestational age, indication for induction, and initial Bishop's scores. There were significant change in the Bishop's score in the two groups (5.9 +/- 0.2 and 4.0 +/- 0.2, respectively, p < 0.001) but no inter group differences. Oxytocin induction or augmentation of labour occurred more in the catheter group (95%) than in the misoprostol group (43.3%) (p < 0.0001). Induction to delivery interval was significantly shorter in the misoprostol group than in the catheter group (8.7 +/- 2.4 vs 11.9 +/- 2.7 h p < 0.0001). There was no significant difference noted in the caesarean or other operative delivery rates among patients in the two treatment groups. There was a higher incidence of tachysystole and hyperstimulation in the misoprostol group than in the catheter group (p < 0.03). No differences were observed between groups for meconium passage, 1- or 5-min Apgar scores < 7 and admission into the neonatal intensive care unit. In conclusion, the maternal and perinatal outcomes in this study have shown no difference confirming the efficacy and safety of both methods, however we observe a decrease in the induction-to-delivery interval when misoprostol is used for this purpose.
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 09/2005; 25(6):565-8. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This research examined the sexual behaviour and perception of the risk of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among adolescents in Nigerian secondary schools. Quantitative data was collected from 450 senior secondary school 1 and 2 students who were selected from 5 of the 22 co-educational secondary schools in Ilesa using a multistage sampling technique. In addition qualitative data was collected by focus group discussion (FGD) with 8 groups (4 for each of the sexes) of ten randomly selected respondents from 4 other secondary schools. Sixty three per cent had had sexual intercourse. There was no statistically significant (p>0.05) difference between the genders [females (52.3%) males (77.8%)], although males appeared to be more sexually active. The median age at first intercourse was 12 years with a range of 6-19 years. Many of the respondents had multiple sexual partners. There is poor perception of the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including that of human immune deficiency virus (HIV). It was concluded that there is a high risk of the spread of STIs, including HIV/AIDS in the study population. In view of the high prevalence of sexual intercourse and the reproductive health problems associated with STI, HIV/AIDS, it is recommended that a structured family life education (FLE) curriculum should be instituted for all schools starting at an early age.
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 02/2005; 25(2):174-8. · 0.55 Impact Factor
  • D I Ukpong, A T Owolabi
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    ABSTRACT: Fifty-five women who presented at Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, Nigeria, for either elective or emergency caesarean section during a 5-month period (1 December 2003 - 30 April 2004) were recruited consecutively and assessed for psychiatric morbidity using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-30), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the State Version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Twenty-two women (40%), were cases on the GHQ, and the BDI was able to pick 11 women with depression in the study sample. The mean anxiety score for the entire study population was 41.7, which was higher than the usually accepted threshold of 40 for clinical disorder on the scale. Thirty-three women (60%) were initially reluctant to give consent for the operation and they had higher mean STAI scores than those who willingly consented to the procedure, and the difference in scores was statistically significant. The implications of these findings are discussed.
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 12/2004; 24(8):891-4. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    I O Ogunlola, E O Orji, A T Owolabi
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    ABSTRACT: Female genital mutilation, despite efforts to abolish it, is still widely practised in Nigeria. The risk of female genital mutilation to a female child in southwest Nigeria was investigated by interviewing 430 consecutive pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic of Wesley Guild Hospital Ilesa, Nigeria between July 2001 to October 2001. The results show that 60% of the pregnant women studied had a type of genital mutilation. The decision to mutilate a female child is taken before she is born. Seventy-four (17.2%) of the women and 146 (34%) of their husbands would circumcise their female child. The decision to circumcise a female child is made between the husband and wife but the final decision comes mainly from the husband. Because the majority of the women (58.4%) were yet to decide whether or not to circumcise their female children, they could sway the decision either way before the husband makes up his mind. Therefore, every effort should be taken to involve men in the struggle to eradicate this unwholesome practice.
    Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 04/2003; 23(2):143-5. · 0.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An unusual presentation of a ruptured uterus with extrusion of twin fetuses into the urinary bladder is described. A routine pelvic ultrasound to confirm pelvic collection from a suspended criminally induced abortion revealed a rupture of the anterior wall of the uterus with communication to the urinary bladder and this finding was confirmed at laparatomy. While a high index of suspicion is important in the diagnosis of ruptured uterus, a subtle place for pelvic ultrasound in patients with vaginal bleeding, suprapubic pain and haematuria may be of help.
    West African journal of medicine 01/2001; 20(2):158-60.
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    ABSTRACT: The incidence of umbilical cord prolapse at Obafemi Awolowo University teaching hospital complex, Ile-Ife over a ten year period was 0.42% (one in 240 deliveries). The incidence was observed to be higher among the unbooked patients (76.7%). Analysis of the 60 cases reveals that multiparity, unengaged presenting part from cephalo-pelvic disproportion, prematurity, prelabour spontaneous rupture of membranes, breech presentation, and multiple pregnancy were the major contributory factors. The perinatal mortality (36.7%) was significantly higher than that of the hospital which was 8% (P < 0.05). The perinatal mortality rate was higher among the unbooked patients (86.4%). Caesarean section gave better results except when the cervix was fully dilated. Early resort to Caesarean section, proper and adequate antenatal care and properly supervised hospital delivery is recommended.
    East African medical journal 06/1998; 75(5):308-10.
  • A T Owolabi, O B Fasubaa, S O Ogunniyi
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The objective was to evaluate seminal fluid indices of male partners of infertile couples so as to identify the current status of the contributions of male factor to infertility in our environment. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective study of the seminal fluid indices of consecutively consenting male partners of infertile couples seen at the Fertility and Endocrinology Research unit of the Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology and Perinatology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile-Ife between May 2004 and June 2008. Results: The results of the semen analysis of 661 male partners of the infertile couples were retrieved and analyzed. The patterns of semen parameters noted in infertile males were oligozoospermia, teratozoospermia, asthenozoospermia, azoospermia, oligoteratozoospermia, oligoasthenozoospermia, and oligoasthenoteratozoospermia, asthenoteratozoospermia found in 25.6%, 18.5%, 11.5%, 6.2%, 3.2%, 2.3%, 2.1%, and 0.9%, respectively. Among the age groups, age group 31-40 had a higher prevalence of oligozoospermia (13.3%) while among the occupational groups, the civil servants had the highest prevalence of oligozoospermia (12%). There was a high of level of leucocytospermia and bacterial infections in both normospermic and oligospermic semen. Conclusion: This study showed a high rate of abnormal semen quality of male partners of infertile couple in our environment and is an indication for the need to focus on the management of this condition and the institution of preventive program for male infertility. There is urgent need for advocacy for men to accept responsibility for their contribution to infertility and to reduce stigmatization and ostracizing of women for infertility.
    Nigerian journal of clinical practice 16(1):37-40. · 0.26 Impact Factor
  • A T Owolabi, S P Owolabi
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    ABSTRACT: AIDS constitutes a major public health problem in developed and developing countries. The experience at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (O.A.U.T.H.C.), Ile-Ife, Nigeria has shown that HIV/AIDS is not uncommon. Screening of pregnant women with symptoms and signs suggestive of HIV/AIDS revealed 5 cases in three years (1996-1998). Four of these cases were reviewed to highlight the socio-economic implications and the burden of the disease on maternal and child health in our environment. It was shown that the socio-economic status of the women could not support adequate management of their conditions resulting in poor outcomes namely abortion, increased risk of infection to the baby and debts from hospital bills among others. Improvement in the socio-economic conditions of the populace and community health education on HIV/AIDS will enhance the outcome of management in pregnancy. In addition to emphasising preventive measures, research into appropriate mode of management of HIV/AIDS in pregnancy is urgently needed in our environment.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 10(4):169-72.

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73 Citations
10.37 Total Impact Points


  • 2004–2008
    • Obafemi Awolowo University
      • • Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perimatology
      • • College of Health Sciences
      Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria
  • 2006
      Ayrivan, Yerevan, Armenia
  • 2003
    • Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital
      Eshogbo, Osun, Nigeria