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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/
Speaker: Mariapia Dado
Facilitator: Liz McNeill
Water immersion during labour and birth has been acknowledged worldwide as a safe option for low-risk pregnant women. The extent of use of water immersion in the Republic of Ireland, however, is largely limited, as few maternity units have installed birthing pools. To explore women’s experience of water immersion during labour and birth in a hospital setting in Ireland, a qualitative study was undertaken. Findings suggest that water immersion assists in preserving the physiological processes of birth even in a medicalised/hospital birth setting. However, a lack of information and accessibility created a sense of anxiety for women that opted for waterbirth leading them to express dissatisfaction with the current model of maternity care that neither promotes nor advances the availability of waterbirth as a labour and birth option. Water immersion can be considered a valuable option for ensuring both positive childbirth experience and evidence-based midwifery care.