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Original Research Article

Year: 2019 | Month: April | Volume: 9 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 187-195

Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness and Associated Factors among Mothers Attending Antenatal Care at Chiro District Health Centers, West Hararge, Ethiopia

Ashenafi Habtamu Regesu1, Alemu Tuji Oda2, Muhammedawel Kaso Adem3, Mekiya Kebirhussein Wako4

1Arsi University, College of Health Science, Department of Public Health, Asella, Ethiopia, Master of Public Health, Lecturer,
2JSI, USAID/TRANSFORM Primary Health Care, Oromia, Ethiopia, Master of Public Health,
3Arsi University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health, Asella, Ethiopia, Master of Public Health, Assistant Professor,
4Alberta Children Hospital /Rotary Palm House/, Canada,

Corresponding Author: Ashenafi Habtamu Regesu


Back ground: Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness (BP/CR) is a comprehensive package aimed at promoting access to skilled maternal health services. However, the existing studies indicate that BP/CR in developing countries is less than 50%.
Objectives: To assess BP/CR and associated factors among mothers attending ANC in Chiro District Health Centers, Ethiopia, 2016.
Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study design was conducted on 303 ANC visitors from July 24 to August 25, 2016. Descriptive statistics was used to summarize the data by using SPSS version 20 and multiple logistic regressions was used to identify the association with 95% confidence interval at p- value of 0.05.
Results: BP/CR among ANC visitors was 42.9%. BP/CR was significantly associated with mother’s school attendance, mother’s occupation, ANC visit for last pregnancy before the current pregnancy, danger sign knowledge during pregnancy, labor and child birth and source of information.
Conclusion: This study identified only 42.9% of the mothers were knowledgeable on BP/CR. Mother’s school attendance, ANC services and early identification of key dangers sign are statistically associated with BP/CR. Therefore, there should be enhanced education, promotion of ANC and counseling of mothers by health workers to improve their knowledge on danger signs and ANC follow up.

Key words: Birth preparedness and complication readiness, pregnant mothers, danger and antenatal care

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