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Reproductive Health

, 11:92

Obstetrics

Abstract

BackgroundIn some developing countries a woman’s decision to utilize maternal health care services is not made by the woman herself but by other family members. The perception of family members regarding who is the most influential person for making the decision to utilize these services is inconclusive. Hence, this study aimed to determine the perceived influential person on utilization of antenatal care ANC and delivery care services among teen, young adult and adult pregnant women from the perspective of the woman themselves, their husband and their mother-in-law, identify the factors associated with the woman being the most influential person, and assess the level of agreement between the woman’s and her husband’s response to the woman being the most influential person.

MethodsA cross-sectional study was conducted at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital and Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 315 women of which 105 were from each age group and their accompanied husbands n = 315 and mothers-in-law n = 315. The proportion of perceived influential person and mean priority score of the perceived influence with its 95% confidence interval was calculated. The factors associated with the woman perceived as the most influential person were analyzed by multivariate logistic regression model. The agreement was analyzed using kappa statistic.

ResultsAmong teens and young adults and their husband and mother-in-law, the woman’s husband was perceived as the most influential person. Among adults, the most influential person for ANC was the woman herself but for delivery care was the woman’s husband. A woman of adult age, having a non-indigenous ethnicity or who was not referred was more likely to perceive herself as the most influential person in the decision to utilize delivery care. A fair to poor level of agreement was found on the perception of the most influential person for ANC and delivery care utilization.

ConclusionsBoth women and their husbands influenced the decision to utilize ANC and delivery care but husbands were more influential, especially in teens and young adults. Thus, husband’s involvement is crucial as a strategy to improve maternal health care utilization in Nepal.

KeywordsInfluence Family members Husband Mother-in-law Utilization Maternal health care services Antenatal care Delivery Teens Adults AbbreviationsANCAntenatal care

AORAdjusted odds ratio

CIConfidence interval

MDG5Millennium Development Goals 5

PMWHParopakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital

TUTHTribhuvan University Teaching Hospital

WHOWorld Health Organization.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1742-4755-11-92 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Priti Upadhyay - Tippawan Liabsuetrakul - Amir Babu Shrestha - Neelam Pradhan

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