TITLE

Factors Affecting Utilization of Skilled-Provider Antenatal Care in the Rural Communities of Ebonyi State, Nigeria

AUTHOR(S)
Azuogu, V. C.; Azuogu, B. N.; Nwonwu, E. U.
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
West African Journal of Nursing;May2011, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p75
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The health behaviour of Nigerian women regarding pregnancy-related care remains poor and poses one of the greatest challenges to maternal mortality reduction in the country. The aim of this study was to ascertain the factors influencing the choice of facility for antenatal care (ANC) and describe the relationship between socio-demographic characteristics and utilization of skilled-provider ANC among the rural women of reproductive group in Ebonyi State. A cross-sectional community-based study was conducted in all the 5 Development Centres of Izzi Local Government Area. By systematic random sampling method 430 eligible women were selected and their responses elicited using semi-structured questionnaire. Data was analyzed with SPSS and MathCad Professional. Results showed that out of the 85% of the respondents that used ANC in their last pregnancy, 26.6% were from traditional birth attendants (TBAs), 21.0% from nurse/midwife and 10.2% from doctors. While level of education had the most significant influence on utilization, proximity of facility and traditional beliefs also influenced their choice. It was recommended that efforts should be made to link rural communities with health facilities where skilled ANC services are provided, through massive awareness campaigns, community mobilization activities and scaling-up of the midwife service scheme in the rural areas.
ACCESSION #
64491162

 

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