Factors Associated with Choice of Non-Facility Delivery among Women Attending Antenatal Care in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, North-Eastern Nigeria

Sonnen Atinge, Babatunde E Ogunnowo, Mobolanle Balogun

Abstract

One intervention that is widely believed to reduce the high maternal mortality in resource-poor countries including Nigeria is delivery in health facilities under skilled birth attendance. However, the practice of non-facility delivery is still common in these countries. Curiously, women who attend ANC in health facilities are also among those who choose to deliver in a non-facility. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in Bali LGA of Taraba State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 320 women of childbearing age who attended ANC and had had a recent delivery. The objective was to determine the factors associated with choice of non-facility delivery among women attending ANC in the area. Data analysis was done using EPI info computer software version 7.2.1.0 Most of the women (73.1%) delivered in a non-facility. Ethnicity and place of ANC were the predictors of non-facility delivery. The most common reason for non-facility delivery was that labour came without complications (58.8%). Prevalence of non-facility delivery in the area was disturbingly high. Strategies to discourage the practice should include providing adequate skilled personnel and equipment at all levels of healthcare. There should also be active engagement of the traditional and religious institutions in the area. (Afr J Reprod Health 2020; 24[1]: 143-151).

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