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School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa


The fifth Millennium development Goal (MDG) calls for a reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 75% between 1990 and 2015, with a key indicator being the proportion of births attended to by skilled health personnel, (United Nations, 2007). In Kenya the MMR is 400 and has made insufficient progress towards improving maternal health, (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, 2013). According to KDHS (2014), the proportion of skilled birth attendance is 46.5%, while in Kenya it is 62% against an MDG target of 90%. According to Zaers S., et al., (2008), prior experience in delivery care by skilled attendants affects their subsequent use of these services. In Africa little research has been carried out on the experiences of mothers in facility-based delivery care. This study was therefore set to describe the experiences of women during labour and delivery at a referral hospital in Kenya This was a cross sectional descriptive study that focused on experiences of delivery care by postnatal mothers at a referral hospital in Kenya. Systematic random sampling from a sampling frame of 327 was employed to recruit post-natal mothers who delivered in labour ward and four postnatal wards. A total of 109 participants were recruited into the study. Views and experiences of recently delivered women were elicited using a five-point Likert scale questionnaire focusing on four dimensions of participants’ intrapartum experience. Data was analyzed using ANOVA. Research results were presented in frequency distribution tables, graphs and charts. P-values were used to determine the statistical significance of the results obtained. Most participants (87.7%) agreed that they were treated with respect, accorded privacy and asked to consent, prior to the initiation of the procedures. A single aspect of communication, namely health provider explanation of health status with understandable terms was poorly rated (mean 1.8 to 2.2) as was the level of genuine interest in patient well-being (mean = 1.7 to 2.0) which was significant in the study. Most participant (n = 102(93.6%) said they would recommend delivery services at KNH to friends or family, although 6% of them said they would not recommend. Majority of the participants had a positive experience of quality in delivery care. This was evidenced by the fact that majority of then stated that they would come to deliver in the same institution again or recommend a relative or friend. Aspects of care such as health providers communicating to clients in understandable terms and showing genuine interest in patients wellbeing was rated poorly. Institutional factors such as inadequate space and shortage of staff were also noted to be significantly contributing to negative experience of delivery care in the study.


Global Journal of Biology and Health Sciences

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