Knowledge and Perception of Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness in Bula Medina Health Centre III, Garissa Township Constituency

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.SE.19.02.Art011

Authors : Eric.K Gacheru


Out of every 10 women, 9 of them receive skilled ante-natal care but only 4 receive skilled birth attendance. The objective was to assess the knowledge and perception of birth Preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR) among mothers attending antenatal clinics (ANC) in medina health center. The specific objectives were to assess the knowledge of antenatal mothers concerning BP/CR, the attitude and perception of antenatal mothers about BP/CR, determine the proportion of pregnant women who have BP/CR plan in Galbet ward. The study population was women at 36 weeks attending ANC. A descriptive study was carried out. Data collection was done using questionnaires and interviews. Every client who attended ANC and consented was included in the study. The sample size was 339 mothers. SPSS 18.0 was used for analysis. The study found out that the BP/CR is low at 18%. The most planned for aspect was the care taker (51%) followed by birth companion (49%) and the least was arrangement of a blood donor (22%). Illiteracy affected levels of preparedness in the area. The research recommends to ministry of health to sensitize women of reproductive age on BP/CR. BP should be improved through quality ANC. The government should encourage education of the girl child.


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