Speaker: Birhan Tsegaw Taye
Facilitator: Catherine Salam
Background: In low and middle-income countries, many childbirths still occur at home unskilled attendants. This study assessed reasons for traditional birth attendants’ preference, utilization, and associated factors.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed among 416 women. Study participants were recruited by a simple random sampling technique. Data were collected using a pretested and interviewer-administered questionnaire. A multivariable logistic regression model was fitted and the level of significance was determined at a p-value of 0.05.
Result: About 31.5% of the participants were used traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in their recent birth. Marital status, age marriage, time to reach a health facility, know danger signs, attitude towards TBAs, antenatal care follow-up, and listening radio were predictors of TBA utilization at birth.
Conclusion: Still TBAs are women’s first choice of birth attendants. Antenatal care and health education programs might enhance skilled delivery utilization and strategies targeted on reasons for TBAs preference over skilled attendants.
Please be sure to check the poster Birhan Tsegaw Taye prepared on this topic. https://vidm.org/vidm-2022-research-posters/