Background: The utilization of obstetric services during labour, delivery and postpartum period
is very important to save women’s and children’s lives (WHO, 2012). Utilization of Obstetric
Services in Uganda is very low with only a third of the deliveries being conducted under
supervision of trained health personnel. However these rates remain significantly low despite the
associated benefits. Consequently maternal and infant mortality rates are unacceptably high at
1000/100,000 and 100/1000 live births per year respectively. And hence knowledge of the
factors affecting it will help to improve its rates.
Objective: To explore factors contributing to the utilization of obstetric services among mothers
of reproductive age (15-49) during pregnancy, labour, delivery and postpartum period in Ishaka
town council, Bushenyi district Uganda.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 100 randomly sampled women in a
rural community in Ishaka town council to study the pattern of utilization of antenatal, delivery
and postnatal care services in the community. Both quantitative and qualitative data collection
methods were used. A questionnaire was administered to 100 mothers to collect information and
to characterize Obstetric care utilization patterns. It was then analyzed using Epi-info 7.
Results: The study Showed that utilization of antenatal care services to be relatively high but
most of the respondents delivered at home without the supervision of trained health personnel.
This poor utilization of delivery services was attributed to advanced labour and perceived poor
quality of the health facilities in the community. Although postnatal care was given to the
respondents, it did not include advice on family planning/child spacing. This package should also
include providing advice on child spacing and use of obstetrics services provided.
Conclusion: The findings indicate that the rate of Utilization of obstetric care can increase if
maternal knowledge on the advantages of obstetric care utilization can be enhanced as well as
improving the accessibility and availability of health facilities.
SSA, R (2021). Factors Affecting The Utilization Of Obstetric Care Services By Mothers Of Reproductive Age (15- 49) In Ishaka Town Council Bushenyi District, Uganda.. Afribary.com: Retrieved June 21, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/factors-affecting-the-utilization-of-obstetric-care-services-by-mothers-of-reproductive-age-15-49-in-ishaka-town-council-bushenyi-district-uganda
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Research, SSA. "Factors Affecting The Utilization Of Obstetric Care Services By Mothers Of Reproductive Age (15- 49) In Ishaka Town Council Bushenyi District, Uganda." Afribary.com (2021). Accessed June 21, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/factors-affecting-the-utilization-of-obstetric-care-services-by-mothers-of-reproductive-age-15-49-in-ishaka-town-council-bushenyi-district-uganda