Assessment of Knowledge of Obstetric Danger Signs During Pregnancy Among Pregnant Mothers in Wolaita Sodo Hospitals and Sodo Town Health Centers in 2017

Tilahun Saol Tura


Background: Pregnancy complications are the major health problems among women in developing countries. Approximately 529,000 women die from pregnancy related causes annually and almost all (99%) of these maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Objective: To assess knowledge of pregnant mothers towards obstetric danger signs during pregnancy in Wolaita Sodo town health centers and hospital, April- May, 2017.Methods: Institutional based cross-sectional quantitative study was conducted in April-May,2017, on a sample of 365 mothers who are at least 4 months pregnant for prim gravid and multpara pregnant mothers  selected from,11  urban  Kebeles of Wolaita sodo town and simple random sampling technique  was employed to select the study participants.Results: A total of 365 pregnant mothers were enrolled in the study giving a response rate of 100%. The study participants from selected urban kebeles constituted 100%. (46%) of the study participants were found to have poor knowledge. Respondents who got obstetric danger signs information from health institution had 2 times good knowledge of obstetrics danger signs than those respondents who didn’t get information from the same source. Participants who had formal education have 2.5 times knowledgeable than a participants who had informal education obstetric danger signs.Conclusion: Knowledge of study participants was assessed that 54% of participants have knowledge about obstetric danger signs during pregnancy and only 34% have knowledge about obstetrics danger signs during labor and child birth.

Keywords: Danger signs, Pregnancy, Obstetric care.

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/65-01

Publication date: August 31st 2019

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