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BMC Public Health. 2014 Apr 3;14:306. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-306.

Factors associated with place of delivery in rural Nepal.

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The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. yoursudesh@gmail.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Promotion of institutional delivery is a key intervention in reducing maternal mortality and improving maternal and neonatal health. This study explored factors associated with institutional delivery in rural Nepal.

METHOD:

A household survey was conducted in three rural Village Development Committees of Kavrepalanchowk district to identify the individual, household and health service factors associated with the institutional delivery. All 240 eligible mothers from the study area were interviewed during the study period. Multiple logistic regression analysis was applied to establish the factor associated with the institutional delivery, the outcome variable.

RESULTS:

Antenatal care practice, adverse pregnancy outcome, ethnicity and time taken to reach the health institution were significantly associated with the institutional delivery. Utilization of an antenatal care service had the greatest effect on institutional delivery.

CONCLUSION:

Universal antenatal care service utilization may be a critical intervention for increasing institutional delivery. There is a need to raise awareness in hard-to-reach areas where adverse pregnancy outcomes is not considered a serious event.

PMID:
24708511
PMCID:
PMC3977667
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2458-14-306
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