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Type Journal Article - Global Journal of Biology and Health Sciences
Title Experiences in Care Given During Child Birth at a Referral Hospital in Kenya
Volume 5
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 38-42
URL http://ecommons.aku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1117&context=eastafrica_fhs_sonam
The fifth Millennium development Goal (MDG) calls for a reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 75% between 1990 and 2015, with a key indicator being the proportion of births attended to by skilled health personnel, (United Nations, 2007). In Kenya the MMR is 400 and has made insufficient progress towards improving maternal health, (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, 2013). According to KDHS (2014), the proportion of skilled birth attendance is 46.5%, while in Kenya it is 62% against an MDG target of 90%. According to Zaers S., et al., (2008), prior experience in delivery care by skilled attendants affects their subsequent use of these services. In Africa little research has been carried out on the experiences of mothers in facility-based delivery care. This study was therefore set to describe the experiences of women during labour and delivery at a referral hospital in Kenya This was a cross sectional descriptive study that focused on experiences of delivery care by postnatal mothers at a referral hospital in Kenya. Systematic random sampling from a sampling frame of 327 was employed to recruit post-natal mothers who delivered in labour ward and four postnatal wards. A total of 109 participants were recruited into the study. Views and experiences of recently delivered women were elicited using a five-point Likert scale questionnaire focusing on four dimensions of participants’ intrapartum experience. Data was analyzed using ANOVA. Research results were presented in frequency distribution tables, graphs and charts. P-values were used to determine the statistical significance of the results obtained.

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