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|Title: ||Traditional Birth Practices and Reasons for Preference of Home Delivery Among Women in Some Rural Communities of Plateau State|
|Authors: ||Envuladu, E. A.|
Miner, C. A.
Osagie, I. A.
Lawan, U. M.
Shambe, I. H.
Jibrin, E. F.
Egga, A. K.
Dbal, D. J.
|Issue Date: ||2018|
|Publisher: ||CPQ Medicine|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol.1;Iss.1: Pp 01-12|
|Abstract: ||It is difficult to imagine if Nigeria can meet up with the SDG target of global reduction of maternal
mortality to 70/100,000 or the supplementary national target that no country should have an
MMR greater than 140/100,000 considering the persistent high rate of home delivery. Women do
not want to die during child birth, but various factors have kept them from delivering in the health facilities. This research therefore set out to assess the birth practices and the reasons for home
delivery among women in Jos South LGA, Plateau state.
It was a community-based cross-sectional study conducted among 253 women who have ever
given birth. A household survey was conducted to interview women who gave consent using an
adapted questionnaire. The findings were analysed with Epi info version 3.5.4 statistical software.
While 9.9% had tertiary education, 39.5% had no formal education. About 48% said they were
forbidden from taking certain food items such as meat and some vegetables during pregnancy for
reasons that the babies will either be too big or abnormal. Home delivery was 74% while delivery
by skilled attendant was 31%. Almost all the home deliveries were attended to by traditional
birth attendants, mothers-in-law and relatives. Reasons for home delivery were: lack of money for
hospital bills, distance to health facilities, harsh treatment from health workers and interestingly
is the birth position which 57.4% prefer squatting or sitting against the lithotomy position in the
The study revealed high rate of home delivery and pertinent factors that influence home delivery,
one of which is the birth positions they are compelled to take in the health facilities against their
|Appears in Collections:||Community Medicine|
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