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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 560641, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/560641
Research Article

Awareness of Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness in Southeastern Nigeria

1Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar P.M.B 1278, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
2Department of Community Medicine, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar P.M.B 1278, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Received 11 April 2011; Accepted 18 May 2011

Academic Editor: E. Cosmi

Copyright © 2011 John E. Ekabua et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The aims of this study are to assess the awareness and intention to use maternity services. This was a multicentric study involving 800 women. Educational status was the best predictor of awareness of birth preparedness ( 𝑃 = 0 . 0 0 2 9 ), but not a good predictor of intention to attend four antenatal clinic sessions ( 𝑃 = 0 . 4 4 9 ). Parity was a better predictor of knowledge of severe vaginal bleeding as a key danger sign during pregnancy than educational level ( 𝑃 = 0 . 0 0 0 9 and 𝑃 = 0 . 3 8 4 9 , resp.). Plan to identify a means of transport to the place of childbirth was related to greater awareness of birth preparedness ( πœ’ 2 = 0 . 3 2 5 5 ; 𝑃 = 0 . 5 6 8 3 ). Parity was a highly significant predictor ( 𝑃 = 0 . 0 0 8 9 ) of planning to save money. Planning to save money for childbirth was associated with greater awareness of community financial support system ( πœ’ 2 = 0 . 8 6 0 2 ; 𝑃 = 0 . 3 5 3 6 ). Access to skilled birth attendance should be promoted.