Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) is a lifesaving strategy that encompasses respect for women’s basic human rights that includes respect for women’s autonomy, dignity, feelings, choices, and preferences. However, the lack of RMC limits maternal health service utilization. It is against this background that this study examined the knowledge and experience of women on RMC in selected health facilities in Ibadan. This descriptive cross-sectional study utilized a simple random sampling technique to select 151 participants. A self-administered questionnaire with a reliability coefficient of 0.78 was used for data collection. These were analyzed using 23.0 SPSS and chi-square was used for hypotheses testing at p˂0.05. The findings show that respondents’ mean age is 28.60 (±5.914) years. Less than half 69 (45.7%) of them had tertiary education and most of the respondents 89 (58.9%) had a child or 2 children. A greater proportion of them 112 (74.2%) had a positive experience of RMC. The majority 102 (67.5%) of respondents were highly satisfied with the RMC received. The respondents’ experience of care was found to have a strong influence on their subsequent patronage of the health facilities at (χ2 = 8.9351, p= 0.011). Their level of knowledge about RMC was not associated with the experiences of the care they received (χ2 =6.383, p = 0.567). Given the above, efforts should be made to improve the provision of RMC in other to enhance the use of skilled care at childbirth. This will enhance the achievement of safe motherhood thus preventing maternal mortality and morbidity.
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- Knowledge, Experience, Postnatal Women, Respectful Maternity Care, Childbirth
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