Factors Contributing To Disparity Between Antenatal Bookings And Institutional Deliveries In Marondera District

Evangelista Mugweni

Abstract


The number of institutional deliveries continued to decline as compared to antenatal bookings in 2003. This study sought to identify the reasons contributing to this disparity in order to increase the number of  institutional deliveries.  A quantitative descriptive study was used in  the study whereby data was gathered by conducting interviews with 80 women. All the women attended antenatal clinics but 40 delivered at home and 40 at the clinic. The most important recommendation was that nurses should treat their patients with more respect and become more skilled in assisting women during labour and delivery. The findings  of the study were that institutional deliveries would increase with improved service at maternal clinics coupled with accommodation of non harmful cultural practices.

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