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Why do women not use skilled birth attendance service? An explorative qualitative study in north West Ethiopia

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dc.contributor.advisor Shiferaw, Biruhtesfa Bekele Modiba, Lebitsi M 2020-11-01T04:36:36Z 2020-11-01T04:36:36Z 2020-10-19
dc.identifier.citation BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2020 Oct 19;20(1):633
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background Having a birth attendant with midwifery skills during childbirth is an effective intervention to reduce maternal and early neonatal morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, many women in Ethiopia still deliver a baby at home. The current study aimed at exploring and describing reasons why women do not use skilled delivery care in North West Ethiopia. Methods This descriptive explorative qualitative research was done in two districts of West Gojjam Zone in North West Ethiopia. Fourteen focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted with pregnant women and mothers who delivered within one year. An inductive thematic analysis approach was employed to analyse the qualitative data. The data analysis adhered to reading, coding, displaying, reducing, and interpreting data analysis steps. Results Two major themes client-related factors and health system-related factors emerged. Factors that emerged within the major theme of client-related were socio-cultural factors, fear of health facility childbirth, the nature of labour, lack of antenatal care (ANC) during pregnancy, lack of health facility childbirth experience, low knowledge and poor early care-seeking behaviour. Under the major theme of health system-related factors, the sub-themes that emerged were low quality of service, lack of respectful care, and inaccessibility of health facility. Conclusions This study identified a myriad of supply-side and client-related factors as reasons given by pregnant women, for not giving birth in health institution. These factors should be redressed by considering the specific supply-side and community perspectives. The results of this study provide evidence that could help policymakers to develop strategies to address barriers identified, and improve utilisation of skilled delivery service.
dc.title Why do women not use skilled birth attendance service? An explorative qualitative study in north West Ethiopia
dc.type Journal Article 2020-11-01T04:36:36Z
dc.language.rfc3066 en
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