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This article has been retracted as it is found to contain a substantial amount of material from the published paper in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 titled “Home delivery and newborn care practices among urban women in western Nepal: a questionnaire survey” by Chandrashekhar T. Sreeramareddy, Hari S. Joshi, Binu V. Sreekumaran, Sabitri Giri, and Neena Chuni.

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  1. L. M. Adelaja, “A survey of home delivery and newborn care practices among women in a Suburban area of Western Nigeria,” ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 2011, Article ID 983542, 9 pages, 2011.
ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2011, Article ID 983542, 9 pages
Clinical Study

A Survey of Home Delivery and Newborn Care Practices among Women in a Suburban Area of Western Nigeria

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 2001, Sagamu 12001NG, Ogun State , Nigeria
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gizan General Hospital, Gizan, Jasan Region, Saudi Arabia

Received 1 March 2011; Accepted 7 April 2011

Academic Editor: H. C. Wallenburg

Copyright © 2011 Lamina Mustafa Adelaja. 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.


Context. Information about reasons for delivering at home and newborn care practices in suburban areas of Western Nigeria is lacking, and such information will be useful for policy makers. Objectives. To describe the home delivery and newborn care practices and to assess the reasons for delivering at home. Study Design, Setting, and Subjects. A cross-sectional survey was carried out in the immunization clinics of Sagamu local government, Western part of Nigeria during January and February 2008. Two trained health workers administered a semistructured questionnaire to the mothers who had delivered at home. Main Outcome Measures. Planned or unplanned home delivery, reasons for delivering at home, the details of events that took place at home from the onset of labour pains till delivery and after birth till initiation of breast-feeding, attendance at delivery, cleanliness and hygiene practices during delivery, thermal control, and infant feeding. Results. A total of 300 mothers were interviewed. Planned home deliveries were 200 (66.7%) and 100 (33.3%) were unplanned. Only 13.4% of deliveries had a skilled birth attendant present, and 47 (15.7%) mothers gave birth alone. Only 51 (16.2%) women had used a clean home delivery surface. Majority (98.2%) of the newborns were given a bath soon after birth. Initiation rates of breast-feeding were 65.3% within one hour and 95.7% within 24 hours. Conclusion. High-risk home delivery and newborn care practices are common in semiurban population also. Community-based interventions are required to improve the number of families coming to health facilities and engaging a skilled attendant and hygiene during delivery.