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Factors related to choice of place of birth in a district in Nepal

Mahato, PK, van Teijlingen, E, Simkhada, PP, Sheppard, ZA and Silwal, RC (2017) Factors related to choice of place of birth in a district in Nepal. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 13. pp. 91-96. ISSN 1877-5756

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Objective In Nepal, both percentage of women giving birth at health facility and proportion of birth assisted by skilled birth attendant is very low. The purpose of this research was to identify predictors for choice of place of birth: either at home, primary health care facility (including birthing centres) or at tertiary health care facilites (hospitals and clinics). Methods A cross-sectional household survey was conducted in seven village development committee of a district lying in plain area of Nepal: Nawalparasi. A structured interview questionnaire was developed and administered face-to-face. Descriptive analysis along with chi-square test and multinomial logistic regression was used to identify the predictors of giving birth at a health care facility. Results Women were significantly more likely to give birth at health care facilities compared to home if the distance was less than one hour, belonged to advantaged caste, had radio, television and motorbike/scooter, decision maker for place of birth was husband, reported their frequency of antenatal (ANC) visits at 4 or more and belonged to age group 15–19. Conclusion The analysis indicates that husbands of women giving birth influence the choice of place of birth. The findings highlight importance of having four or more ANC visits to the health institutions and that it should be located within one-hour walking distance. Inequity in utilisation of childbirth services at health institutions exists as showed by low utilisation of such services by disadvantaged caste. © 2017

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 09:59
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 03:38
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.srhc.2017.07.002
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7508
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