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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: November | Volume: 8 | Issue: 11 | Pages: 64-68

Factors Associated with Utilization of Postnatal Care in Myagdi District of Western Nepal

Hari Prasad Kaphle1, Neena Gupta2, Dipak Kumar Bose3, Anupriya Paul4, Akanksha Singh5, Dilip Kumar Yadav1

1Research Scholar, 2Assistant Professor, 5Teaching Associate,
Shalom Institute of Health and Allied Sciences, SHUATS, Allahabad, India.
3Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension & Communication, SHUATS, Allahabad, India.
4Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, SHUATS, Allahabad, India.

Corresponding Author: Hari Prasad Kaphle


Introduction: Although postnatal care is a critical care for both mother and baby, it receives less attention than antenatal and delivery care. The objective of this study was to determine the factors associated with the utilization of postnatal care.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among 427 women who gave birth two years preceding the survey with face to face interview in Myagdi district, Nepal. Chi-squire test was applied for bivariate analysis and factors significant at p<0.05 were included for logistic regression analysis.
Results: The result of the study showed that only 18.5% women attended three or more postnatal visits within 6 weeks after delivery. Multivariable analysis showed that women with paid occupation (business/service), women from middle and high income households, women who lived within 2 km distance from the health facility, women who attended 4 or more ANC visits and women who delivered in health facility were more likely to attend 3 or more postnatal visits.
Conclusion: Community based awareness to rural, distant and poor women as well as adequate counseling during antenatal attendance and health facility delivery may increase in postnatal attendance.

Key words: Postnatal care, antenatal visit, place of delivery, Nepal.

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