Maternal Health Care Seeking Behavior of Peri-Urban Women With Disability in Busiro South, Wakiso District, Uganda: a Community Based Study
Taremwa, Ivan Mugisha
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In Uganda women with disabilities attend antenatal care (ANC) while pregnant, however, majority of these deliver from the hands of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) due to due to fear of being mistreated by skilled birth attendants. We explored the determinants of the maternal health seeking behavior of women with disability in Busiro health sub district (HSD), Wakiso district, Uganda. A community based cross-sectional study involving quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection was conducted among 182 participants. Quantitative data were collected from disabled women, and qualitative data from six key informants (midwives and in-charges) at selected health facilities in Busiro HSD, Wakiso district. Logistic regression was used to determine the factors influencing the decision to seek maternal health care services (ANC and delivery at health facilities) among women with disability. Qualitative data were analyzed by content analysis. The findings revealed that 82.3% of women with disability attended ANC during pregnancy, and of these, 80.8% delivered their babies at health facilities. Attendance of ANC by the women with disability was influenced by parity (having 1-3 children) (AOR 7.7; 95% CI: 0.249-239.040), mode of delivery-normal delivery verses caesarian section (AOR 2.6, 95%CI: 0.296-22921), place visited during pregnancy TBA visa vie public health facilities (AOR 4.5, 95%CI: 0.922-22.576), and distance to the health facility being less than 5 Kilometres (AOR 2.3 95% CI: 0.695-7.661). There is need to intensify awareness of the use of skilled health workers during pregnancy and child birth to women with disability in the communities so as to improve uptake of maternal health care services.
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