Knowledge About Danger Signs of Pregnancy and Associated Factors Among Pregnant Women in Debra Birhan Town, Central Ethiopia
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 269-273
Received: Feb. 28, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 7, 2015; Published: Mar. 12, 2015
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Abayneh Akililu Solomon, Department of Midwifery, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia
Negash Wakgari Amanta, School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Endeshaw Admasu Chirkose, Department of Midwifery, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia
Marta Berta Badi, Department of Midwifery, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia
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Abstract
Background: Globally, attention to maternal health and safe motherhood has grown significantly to reduce maternal deaths which estimated to 289,000 in 2013. The sub-Saharan Africa countries account for 62% (179,000) of maternal deaths including Ethiopia. Little is known about knowledge of danger signs during pregnancy and its associated factors. Objective: This study aimed to assess the knowledge about danger signs of pregnancy and associated factors among pregnant women in Debra Birhan town, public health institutions, central Ethiopia, 2014. Methods: Institutional based cross sectional study was conducted in 2014, on the 355 pregnant women. Pre-tested and structured questionnaire was used to collect data. Data were entered to EpiInfo version 3.5.1 statistical package and exported to SPSS version 20.0 for further analysis. Logistic regression analyses were used to see the association of different variables. Results: 355 pregnant women participated in the study making a response rate of 100%. In this study, 137(38.6%) of the respondents were knowledgeable about danger signs during pregnancy. Being urban residence (AOR= 4.94, 95% CI: 2.97-8.21), educational level of grade 9-10 (AOR= 8.53, 95% CI: 2.47-29.48) and having attended diploma and above (AOR= 15.40; 95% CI: 3.74-63.40), having previous antenatal care follow up (AOR= 2.03, 95% CI: 1.07-3.86) were factors found to be significantly associated with knowledge of danger signs during pregnancy. Conclusion: This study revealed that the knowledge level of pregnant women about danger signs of pregnancy was not adequate. Being urban resident, educational level of grade 9-10, having attended diploma and above and having previous antenatal care follow up were significantly associated with knowledge about danger signs during pregnancy. Ministry of health should be strengthening reproductive health services in rural areas to get quality antenatal care follow up by designing an appropriate strategies including provision of targeted information, education and communication.
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Danger Signs, Debra Birhan Town, Knowledge, Ethiopia
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Abayneh Akililu Solomon, Negash Wakgari Amanta, Endeshaw Admasu Chirkose, Marta Berta Badi, Knowledge About Danger Signs of Pregnancy and Associated Factors Among Pregnant Women in Debra Birhan Town, Central Ethiopia, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, pp. 269-273. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20150302.27
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