Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness among Antenatal Mothers Attending Tertiary Care Hospital
Keywords:Birth preparedness, Complication readiness, Obstetric danger signs, maternal mortality
The most joyful moment for every mother is her pregnancy period. However, almost many mothers face
unexpected complications during their pregnancy period which may lead to the death or injury to the infant
or herself. Birth preparedness an complication readiness is a strategy developed and approved globally that
encourages pregnant women along with their families to plan for birth and to be prepared if any emergency
Aims: To assess the knowledge of birth preparedness and complication readiness among antenatal women.
To find the association of sociodemographic and obstetric characteristics with maternal knowledge
Settings and Design: A facility based cross- sectional study was undertaken for a period of four months
from may to august, 2019 in a tertiary care hospital,Sivagangaidistrict, South Tamilnadu
Methods and Material: A pretested semi structured questionnaire was prepared to collect data. The study
participants were selected by convenient sampling technique.
Statistical analysis used: Microsoft excel was used to enter data and SPSS version 21.0 was used for
analysis. Univariate and bivariate analysis was computed. Chi square value was calculated and statistical
significance was considered when p-value was <0.05.
Results: The overall study participants who were well prepared was 48.8%. the level of knowledge about
danger signs during pregnancy, postpartum and new born periods were 32.4%,23.5% and 18% respectively.
The association between baseline characters and maternal knowledge revealed significant association of
maternal age, socioeconomic status, parity, gestational age with maternal knowledge on BPCR
Conclusions: Providing health education on pregnancy and its complications and birth plan during their
antenatal visits would increase birth preparation and complication readiness plan.
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