Delivery Practices And Associated Factors Among Mothers Attending MCH Clinics At Selected Health Facilities In Nyandarua South District, Central Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Kagia, Carol Wanjira
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-16T09:19:01Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-19T07:52:34Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-16T09:19:01Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-19T07:52:34Z
dc.date.issued 2013-04-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1769
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1040
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree of Master of Science in Public Health in the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. 2010 en_US
dc.description.abstract A measure of the proportion of deliveries assisted by skilled attendants is one of the indicators of progress towards Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, which aims at improving maternal health. In Kenya, the proportion of deliveries attended by skilled attendants is estimated at 42% which is far below the MDG 5 targets which aims to assure that 90% of deliveries are attended by skilled attendants by 2015. The main objective of this study was to establish delivery practices and associated factors among mothers attending Maternal Child Health (MCH) clinics at selected health facilities in Nyandarua South district. A cross-sectional descriptive study whose study population comprised of mothers attending MCH clinics at the district and sub-district hospitals was undertaken. A total of 409 mothers systematically sampled on alternate visiting days were recruited into the study and personal interviews carried out using a semi-structured questionnaire. In each of the facilities, additional qualitative data was obtained using Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with a group of mothers and In-depth Interviews (IDIs) with selected key informants. Univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis of data was carried out. Of the 1170 deliveries reported, 48.2% were attended by skilled attendants. Utilization of safe delivery practice was significantly influenced by the total number of deliveries a mother had in a lifetime (parity), place of delivery and perception of mothers on birth attendants. Increase in total number of deliveries in a lifetime was associated with increased probability of practicing unsafe delivery (OR 1.5, 95% CI 1.2–2.0). Majority of the deliveries, 38.6% (452) attended by unskilled attendants were by neighbors and/or xviii relatives. TBAs attended 1.5% (17) of the deliveries. 11.7% (137) of the deliveries were not attended in which case the mother delivered alone. There was a significant association between first and last places of delivery (P<0.001). There was more than three times chance that a mother will deliver in the same place they delivered during their first delivery (OR 3.9). There was a significant association between delivery safety and place of delivery (P<0.001). Majority of the home deliveries were unsafe (90.3%). However, 72.9% of the mothers perceived medically trained birth attendants in health facility to be more skilled in attending to deliveries than birth attendants at home (TBAs, relatives & friends). Based on all variables, 77.9% (279) of the respondent mothers were dissatisfied with health facility delivery services. Results from this study suggest that the overall rate of skilled attendance among the mothers in this study was low. There is need to create awareness of risks involved in home deliveries among mothers. In order to increase the number of mothers utilizing maternity services, the government through the Ministry of Health should increase women’s access to maternal health services especially in rural areas as well as improve service delivery through improving staffing in the health facilities. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Prof. Zipporah Ng’ang’a JKUAT, Kenya. Dr. Gabriel Mbugua KEMRI, Kenya. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries MSc. Public Health;
dc.title Delivery Practices And Associated Factors Among Mothers Attending MCH Clinics At Selected Health Facilities In Nyandarua South District, Central Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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    Medical Laboratory; Agriculture & environmental Biotecthology; Biochemistry; Molecular Medicine, Applied Epidemiology; Medicinal PhytochemistryPublic Health;

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