Utilization of Delivery Services Among Mothers in Aluu Community, Ikwere Local Government Area, Rivers State. https://doi.org/10.60787/NMJ-64-5-345

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Jane Uju Onotai
Ibidabo Alabere
Lucky Obukowho Onotai

Keywords

Utilization, delivery services, Aluu, community

Abstract

Background: Utilization of delivery services is paramount to achieving a safe delivery outcome and preventing maternal mortality/morbidity among mothers. In semi-urban communities, delivery services are provided by both health and non-health facilities and are influenced by either socio-demographic or economic factors. This study aims to evaluate the utilization of delivery services across various places that provide such care and to identify the factors that influence the utilization of delivery services in the Aluu community.


Methodology: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted in 5 out of 9 villages in the Aluu community. A total of 415 respondents were recruited for the study.  The study was carried out between April 2021 and October 2021. A multistage sampling method was used, and data was collected using an interviewer-administered structured questionnaire. The data was analyzed using SPSS version 25. The Chi-square test was used for inferential analysis and a significant level was set at p≤ 0.05 at 95% confidence interval.


Results: Out of 415 respondents, 44.03% were delivered in a healthcare facility while 55.97% were delivered in a non-health care facility. tribe, religion, educational status, occupation, and Obstetrics and gynecological factors were found to influence the utilization of delivery services.


Conclusion: More than half of women utilized delivery services provided by non-health facilities and there was a significant relationship between tribe, religion, educational status, occupation, and Obstetrics and gynecological factors and the utilization of delivery services in the Aluu community.

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