Knowledge and Practice of Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness among Pregnant Women attending Antenatal Clinic in a Secondary Health Institution in Edo State
Practice of Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness among Pregnant Women
Keywords:Birth preparedness, Complication readiness, Pregnant women, Awareness, Practice.
Background: Maternal mortality is a universal cause of concern and public health burden in developing countries. Birth preparedness and complication readiness are strong contributors in mitigating maternal and newborn morbidities and mortalities. This study assessed the knowledge and practice of birth preparedness and complication readiness among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in a tertiary health institution in Benin City, Edo State.
Method: This was a cross-sectional study carried among 263 pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in Central Hospital, Benin City, Edo State. Data was collected with a well-structured researchers developed questionnaire. Data collected was analyzed with SPSS version 21. Descriptive and inferential statistics was used to analyse the data. Level of significance was set at P-value <0.05.
Result: A majority 128(60.4%) had good knowledge while 84(39.6%) had poor knowledge. A majority 129(60.8%) had poor practice while 83(39.2%) had good practice. Hypothesis revealed significant association between preparedness and complication readiness and parity.
Conclusion: Our study findings showed an overall good knowledge of birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPCR) and a poor level of practice of BPCR. There was a significant association between birth preparedness and complication readiness and parity.
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