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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master Thesis
Title Utilization Of Individual Birth Plan During Pregnancy Among Women Aged 18-49 Years In Kisau Division Makueni County, Kenya
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Maternal and prenatal mortalities and morbidities have remained a challenge in many developing countries like Kenya, despite the fact that the causes are preventable if not avoidable. Utilization of birth plan in preparation for childbirth is one of the strategies utilized by women in middle and low-income countries to reduce maternal and prenatal mortalities. However, the relationship between utilization of individual birth plan and maternal and prenatal mortalities in developing countries has been inadequately established. Complications related pregnancy and childbirth cannot be reliably and accurately predicted, therefore, this calls for implementation of strategies to solve these problems and especially in the rural areas of developing countries where the situation is most dire. The study aimed at examining the utilization of individual birth plan during pregnancy among women in Kisau division, Makueni County, Kenya. Specifically, the study aimed to determine the proportion of post-natal women who utilized individual birth plan in their last delivery, to establish the demographic characteristics, sociocultural and healthcare providers’ factors that influence individual birth plan utilization during pregnancy among women in Kisau division. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study that utilized both qualitative and quantitative approaches involving 326 women aged 18-49 who were had delivered 9 months preceding the survey. Systematic random sampling technique was used to recruit the study participants. Data was collected using a pretested and structured interviewer administered questionnaire for women aged 18 -49 years and focus group discussion for healthcare providers.Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) program version 20 was used for data management and statistical analysis.

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