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CHOICE OF BIRTH PLACE AMONG WOMEN IN ABAVO CENTRAL COMMUNITY, OGBE-OBI, DELTA STATE

The choice of birth place during delivery is very
important for women and their families because
it determines to a large extent the outcome of
pregnancies and child birth.The aim of this study
is to assess the choice of birth place among
women in Abavo Central Community, OgbeObi, Delta State. A descriptive cross-sectional
design was used. The target population were
reproductive age women who have given birth at
least once. Taro Yamane formula was used to
determine the sample size of three hundred (300)
and a simple random sampling technique was
used to select participants for the study. A self-developed structured questionnaire was
validated by an expert while reliability was
determined through internal consistency and
reliable with Cronbach Alpha value of 0.8.
Data was analysed and presented in tables of
frequency and percentages and hypothesis was
used using inferential statistics such as chi-square, level of significance of P.value of less
than 0.05. Findings from the study reveal that
majority of the respondents’ (57.7%) choice of
birthplace is health centre and the main factors
influencing the choice of birth place are
maternal education and closeness of health
facility to home.It is therefore recommended that
community-based health education on benefit of
health facility delivery should be emphasised.
Community should be health educated on
harmful practices as regard culture and
traditional should be stressed.

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