International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 212

IJNM Articles

Evaluation of quality of antenatal care services in selected healthcare centres of Mumbwa and Lusaka districts of Zambia: Pregnant women’s perspectives

May 2019

Antenatal care (ANC) has been recommended as a service that can reduce both maternal and newborn mortalities. However, even in areas recording high ANC attendance, there are unevenly high levels of maternal and new born mortalities. Evidence of a weak relationship between ANC use and maternal and newborn survival has motivated recent calls to focus on content and quality of care provided rather than mere ANC attendance....

Author(s): Katowa-Mukwato Patricia, Kwaleyela Namukolo Concepta, Mwiinga-Kalusopa Victoria, Musenge Emmanuel, Banda Yolan, Mutinta Crecious Muleya and Maimbolwa C. Margaret

Perception of stressors by mothers with babies admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Women and New Born Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia

April 2019

Admission of a new born to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a stressful and unexpected event to most parents. This quantitative study aimed at identifying factors that contribute to stress in mothers nursing babies in the NICU at the Women and New Born Hospital in Zambia. A cross sectional study was conducted among 280 mothers who were randomly selected over a three-month period. Stress levels were assessed...

Author(s): Maureen Masumo, Lonia Mwape, Patricia Katowa-Mukwato, Margaret Maimbolwa and Ellen Chirwa  

Determinants of neonatal sepsis among neonates admitted in a neonatal intensive care unit at Jinka General Hospital, Southern Ethiopia

March 2019

In the face of recent improvements in neonatal care, the influences of neonatal sepsis remain a public health problem in developing countries. Thus, identifying the determinants of neonatal sepsis is an indispensable matter of enhancing neonatal care. Therefore, this study intends to identify the determinants of neonatal sepsis among neonates admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Jinka General Hospital in...

Author(s): Erkihun Ketema, Mesfin Mamo, Direslegn Miskir, Sultan Hussen and Negussie Boti  

Assessment of breast cancer risk factors among women of reproductive age group in Oshogbo using Gail model

February 2019

The study identified the risk factors associated with breast cancer development and determined its prevalence. A cross sectional design using mixed method was adopted for the study. It was conducted in 22 Primary Health Care centres (PHCs) in Osogbo and Olorunda Local government areas of Osun State. A purposive sampling technique was used to select four hundred child bearing age women (19 - 44 years) who brought their...

Author(s): Adebayo R. O., Olaogun A. A., Loto O. M., Kolawole A. A., Alabi T. O., Ajao O. and Solarin A. E.  

Knowledge of partograph utilization and its associated factors: A cross-sectional survey in Wolaita Zone Southern Ethiopia

January 2019

Obstructed and prolonged labours are major causes of maternal death. To alleviate this problem, obstetrics care providers’ knowledge on the basic obstetrics case management is crucial which include partograph use. Partograph is a cost-effective single sheet of paper used to follow fetal, maternal condition and progress of labour. The objective of this study is to assess knowledge of obstetrics care providers on...

Author(s): Kidest Getu Melese and Eyasu Tamru Bekiru  

Success of labour induction institution based cross-sectional study Wolaita Sodo, South Ethiopia

December 2018

There are a number of pregnancy complications that confer significant risk to the mother or fetus. Induction of labour is as an artificial termination of pregnancy utilized to decrease both maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Institution based retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted among 347 pregnant women undergone induction of labour from 2013-2015 in Otona referral hospital. Nearly 207 (59.7%)...

Author(s): Eyasu Tamru Bekru and Bezalem Eshetu Yirdaw 

Determinants of antenatal care booking among pregnant women in selected hospitals in Embu county, Kenya

December 2018

In Embu County, pregnant mothers begin attending antenatal care (ANC) clinics late in third trimester. According to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, pregnant mothers should start their ANC in the first trimester before sixteen weeks of gestation. The study sought to determine factors associated with late booking of the visits. The specific objective were to find out how past pregnancy experience,...

Author(s): Joshua Omwenga Boraya, Caroline Githae and Titus Atandi  

Acceptance of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV among pregnant women in Ogbomosho, Oyo State

November 2018

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a global public health crisis with sub Saharan Africa having a disproportionately high burden of the epidemic. Women and children in many settings experienced high rates of new infection, HIV related illnesses, and deaths. High rate of infection among women reflected directly on children. This study aimed at assessing the acceptance of prevention of mother to child transmission...

Author(s): Taiwo Omotayo Alabi, Prisca Olabisi Adejumo and Rasheedat Opeyemi Adebayo  

Care of postpartum women following complicated labour and delivery at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia: Self- reported practices by midwives

November 2018

Although childbirth is considered to be a normal physiological process, complications leading to postpartum maternal mortality and morbidity may arise in 20% of the cases; it can affect the mother, foetus or both and may be long or short term. The aim of the study was to assess practices of midwives on the care of postpartum women who experienced complicated labour and delivery from time of admission to the postnatal...

Author(s): Priscar Sakala Mukonka, Patricia Katowa Mukwato, Concepta Namukolo Kwaleyela and Margaret Maimbolwa  

Perceived socio economic barriers to maternal health seeking behavior among rural women: The case of Raya-Alamata District, Southern Tigray, Ethiopia

October 2018

Maternal health care service utilization is one of the components of the reproductive and child health interventions package with the aim of improving both maternal and child health. It is the health of the women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period. Thus, the overall objective of this study is to investigate the perceived socio economic barriers to maternal health seeking behavior of rural women in Raya...

Author(s): Hayelom Abadi Mesele  

Prevalence of male attendance and associated factors at their partners’ antenatal visits among antenatal care attendees in Bale Zone, South East Ethiopia

September 2018

Male involvement in antenatal care helps to have safe delivery, especially in developing countries. The problem has been insufficiently studied in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study assessed male attendance and associated factors at their partners’ antenatal visits among antenatal care attendees in Bale Zone health facilities. Cross sectional study was conducted from May to June, 2017 among 609 pregnant mothers....

Author(s): Fetene Kassahun, Chanyalew Worku, Abebaw Nigussie and Gemechu Ganfurie  

Evaluation of the quality of postnatal care and mothers’ satisfaction at the university college hospital Ibadan, Nigeria

September 2018

Globally, postpartum care is a neglected part of maternal health, even though 50% of maternal deaths occur in the first weeks after childbirth. Literature is sparse on the quality and content of postnatal care provided in Nigeria. This study aimed to assess the quality of Postnatal Care (PNC) for mothers using the World Health Organization (WHO) practice guideline of postnatal care. An exploratory cross-sectional design...

Author(s): Rose Ekama Ilesanmi and Janet Atinuke Akinmeye  

Focused antenatal care: Re-appraisal of current practices

August 2018

Focused antenatal care has been viewed to be a better option to the previously existing orthodox model of antenatal care. The orthodox antenatal care otherwise known as traditional model of antenatal care requires a number of routine and frequent visits by pregnant women to the healthcare facility. This traditional model of antenatal care has been observed to require numerous materials such as financial and human...

Author(s): T. Ebunoluwa Oshinyemi, J. Ojo Aluko and O. Abimbola Oluwatosin  

Nutritional knowledge, attitude and practices among pregnant women who attend antenatal care at public hospitals of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

July 2018

During pregnancy, maternal nutrition requires considerable attention; however, pregnant women’s nutritional knowledge, attitudes, and practices are less understood. The objective of this study was to assess nutritional knowledge, attitude, and practices among pregnant women who attend antenatal care at public hospitals of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. An institution based cross-sectional study was conducted to collect...

Author(s): Zelalem Tenaw, Mikyas Arega and Erdaw Tachbele

Determinants of late booking for antenatal care among pregnant women in selected hospitals in South East Nigeria

July 2018

Late booking for antenatal care is a frequent occurrence among pregnant women in Nigeria unlike in most developed countries. The objective of the study was to determine the maternal, socio-cultural, religious, and institutional/systemic factors that determine late booking for antenatal care among pregnant women in Enugu, Nigeria. Descriptive, cross-sectional questionnaire based method was employed in the study. A...

Author(s): Ada Carol Nwaneri, Ifeoma Ndubuisi, Ijeoma Lewechi Okoronkwo, Okwudili Ezike and Umebuani Nkiruka  

Women autonomy and maternal healthcare services utilization among young ever-married women in Nigeria

June 2018

In Nigeria, the lifetime risk of death from pregnancy or childbirth complications is 1 in 30. Maternal healthcare utilisation addresses the risk of maternal mortality and morbidity but its utilisation is influenced by varying factors of which autonomy has been neglected especially for young married women. Therefore, this study examined the relationship between young married women’s level of autonomy and maternal...

Author(s): Awoleye Abayomi F, Victor Chima and Alawode Oluwatobi A

Disparities in adverse pregnancy outcomes between advanced maternal age and younger age in Ethiopia: Institution based comparative cross-sectional study

June 2018

Women older than 35 years are known to beat “advanced maternal age" and considered to be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcome. Data, on adverse birth outcomes and the risk factors are still scarce in developing countries including Ethiopia. The aim of this study was to examine the obstetrical outcomes among primiparous and multiparous women of advanced age (35 and above) when compared to the younger  age...

Author(s): Mekiya Ediris, Tefera Belachew, Fekadu Yadassa and Kidest Getu  

Evidence based nursing practice and associated factors among nurses working in Jimma zone public hospitals, Southwest Ethiopia

May 2018

In spite of all the various programs and strategies to promote the use of research finding, there is still gap between theory and practice. A number of studies from various countries have reported that nurses’ experience of evidence-based practice is low. In Ethiopia, there is an information gap on the extent of evidence based nursing practice and its associated factors. The study aims to assess the implementation...

Author(s): Dawit Hoyiso, Abinet Arega and Terefe Markos

Children’s perspectives of their psychosocial well-being in Tanzanian orphanages

May 2018

The aim of this study was to explore factors affecting the wellbeing of institutionalized orphaned children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A descriptive qualitative study was used to collect data from Tanzanian orphaned children receiving orphanage care. Purposive sampling was employed to select 10 orphanage centers from which 123 orphaned children were recruited. A semi-structured interview guide relevant to the study...

Author(s): Agnes Cyril Msoka and Eleanor Holroyd  

Determinants of satisfactory facility-based care for women during childbirth in Kumasi, Ghana

April 2018

The majority of deaths of women and infants during pregnancy and childbirth occur in Africa. Although many pregnant women seek antenatal care, in Ghana they do not all continue to seek facility-based care for childbirth. Complications that lead to mortality often occur around childbirth and these are not always possible to predict during antenatal care. This makes facility-based childbirth imperative for reduction in...

Author(s): Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Brian van Wyk, Lucia Knight and Jody Rae Lori

Pregnancy outcome and early postnatal weights in diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant rats administered ethanolic extract of Ocimum gratissimum leaves during pregnancy

April 2018

Extract of Ocimum gratissimum (OG), also known as scent leaf, is popularly used to treat diabetes mellitus and its hypoglycaemic activity has been confirmed by in vivo studies. The aim was to investigate the effect of this extract on placenta development and birth outcome in diabetic pregnancy. Forty two pregnant rats weighing 150-200 g were used. They were divided into control and extract treated diabetic and...

Author(s): Iyare C. O., Uzoigwe J., Okorie P. O., Ugwu P. I., Ezeh C. O. and Iyare E. E.

Appropriateness of curriculum content in competence – based education training programs of nurses and midwives in Uganda

March 2018

Competence-based education (CBE) has been increasingly emphasized in optimising the preparation of healthcare professionals. Uganda like many other countries of the world, has taken considerable strides in implementing CBE training of nurses and midwives. The aim of this study was to investigate the perception of professionals regarding appropriateness of the CBE curriculum content in terms of organisation, clarity,...

Author(s): Milly M. Kabanga, Christopher B. Mugimu and Joseph Oonyu

Comparative study of general with Spinal Anesthesia on maternal outcomes for caesarean delivery among preeclamptic women at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

February 2018

Anesthetic management of preeclamptic patients remains a challenge. Although general anesthesia can be used safely in pre-eclamptic women, it is fraught with greater maternal morbidity and mortality. The added risks associated with general anesthesia include airway difficulties due to edema (often aggravated by tracheal intubation) and the pressure response to laryngoscope and intubation. However, several studies...

Author(s): Tsehay Terefe, Yohannes Tekalegn and Abraham Irena

Differences in strategies for coping with menopausal symptoms in full-time workers and part-time workers in Japan

January 2018

Working hours and working conditions are different for full-time workers and part-time workers. In this study, it was hypothesized that the strategies for coping with menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia, and the proportion of women receiving clinical care differ between full-time and part-time workers. Four hundred and eighty-seven Japanese female workers aged 45 to 60 years responded to...

Author(s): Kazuyo Matsuzaki, Miwa Fukuoka, Hirokazu Uemura and Toshiyuki Yasui  

The effect of the health-based supportive plan on primiparous mothers' performance in neonatal care

December 2017

Infancy is the most vulnerable period of life often faced with mortality and morbidity. Appropriate care is important for maintaining and improving the health of newborns. Therefore, this study was designed to determine the effect of health-based supportive plan on the performance of primiparous mothers in the care of infants. This is a quazi-experimental study with two groups of intervention (30) and control (33)...

Author(s): Sima Kermanshahi

Pain as 5th vital sign: impact of pain assessment training program on Nigerian nurses’ knowledge of pain management

November 2017

Pain is subjective and it can only be described by the individual experiencing it. It is the main reason why people seek medical help. Nurses play a major role in the management of pain; hence they must be highly knowledgeable to ensure their practices are of high quality. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of Nurses’ Pain Educational Program (NPEP) on nurses’ knowledge of pain management. The...

Author(s): Patricia Obiajulu Onianwa, Temitope O. Alonge, Jesse A. Otegbayo, Elizabeth U. Ike, Felicia O. Chukura, Olufunke O. Are, Folashade O. M. Akanbi, Mary O. Ayorinde, Iyanuoluwa O. Adubi and Olaoluwa S. Yaya

Unsafe abortion and associated factors among women in reproductive age group in Arsi Zone, Central Ethiopia

October 2017

Unsafe abortion is one of the major medical and public health problems in developing countries including Ethiopia. Yet, there is no reliable information on induced abortion distribution and its determinant factors in the country. This study assesses the determinants of unsafe abortion among women of reproductive age group in Arsi Zone, Central Ethiopia. Institution based cross-sectional study was conducted in four...

Author(s): Legesse Tadesse Wodajo, Solomon Tejineh Mengesha and Teresa Kisi Beyen

Premenstrual symptoms in young students and in their mothers at their ages

September 2017

Premenstrual symptoms are gradually becoming recognized socially and measures taken to cope with premenstrual symptoms are changing. The purpose of this study was to determine the differences in degree of recognition, in physical and emotional symptoms and in means for coping with premenstrual symptoms between nursing students and their mothers at the ages of the nursing students. This study was conducted between July...

Author(s): Miwa Fukuoka, Yuna Hamada, Mari Fujikawa, Sayuri Hatanaka and Toshiyuki Yasui

Uterine balloon tamponade for the management of uncontrolled postpartum hemorrhage by midwives and family physicians

August 2017

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality world-wide. Although declining globally, maternal mortality is on the rise in the United States. Since uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) has been shown to be safe as well as highly effective in arresting PPH and halting shock progression, this study sought to clarify the practice and perceptions of UBT use among midwives and family...

Author(s): Zaid Altawil, Emily de Redon, Hao Dinh, Daniela Suarez-Rebling and Thomas F. Burke,

Practice of child spacing and its associated factors among women of child bearing age (15 to 49 years) in Illubabor zone, South West Ethiopia

July 2017

Optimal birth spacing refers to resting period between pregnancies that allows the mother time to recuperate from pregnancy, labor and lactation. Long time period between births allows the next pregnancy and birth to be at full gestation and growth for years. This study aimed to assess practice of child spacing and its associated factors among women of child bearing age in Ilubabor Zone of Oromia National Regional...

Author(s): Dereje Tsegaye, Muluneh Shuremu and Kebebe Bidira

Cultural competency of Saudi Student nurses as rated by Filipino clinical instructors at the University of Ha'il, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

July 2017

Acquiring cultural competence is an ongoing process in which healthcare professionals strive continuously to achieve the ability to work effectively within the context of their client’s culture. This study investigated clinical cultural competence of Saudi student nurses’ behaviors at the University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Cultural Competence Clinical Evaluation Tool- Teacher Version was used...

Author(s): Daisy Andal Vcencio, Bandar Saad Albagawi, Farhan Alshammari and Hatim Ali Elsheikh

Health Care Seeking Behaviour on Neonatal Danger Signs among Mothers in Tenta District, Northeast Ethiopia: Community based cross- sectional study.

July 2017

Health care seeking behaviour is any action undertaken by individuals who perceive to have a health problem or to be ill for finding an appropriate remedy. It involves recognition of symptoms, perceived nature of illness, followed initially by appropriate home care and monitoring. In Ethiopia, little is known about mother’s health care seeking behaviour on neonatal danger signs. Therefore, this study assessed the...

Author(s): Gebeyaw Molla, Alemayehu Gonie, Tefera Belachew and Bitiya Admasu

Feto-maternal outcomes in obstructed labor in Suhul General Hospital, North Ethiopia

June 2017

Ethiopia is one of the countries with the highest maternal mortality rates, obstructed labor and its complications being the leading causes of maternal deaths in the country. This study was aimed at assessing feto-maternal outcomes in obstructed labor in Suhul General Hospital, North Ethiopia. Institution based cross-sectional study was carried out from May 1 to August 31, 2014 in Suhul General Hospital. All mothers who...

Author(s): Gebresilasea Gendisha Ukke, Temesgen Worku Gudayu, Mekdes Kondale Gurara, Negash Wakgari Amanta and Mulugeta Shegaze Shimbre

Nutrition education during pregnancy: Are final year midwifery trainees ready to offer this service?

June 2017

Midwives provide most of the maternity services, including nutritional counseling and education services. In Ghana, there is scarce evidence regarding the competency of midwives in providing sound nutritional advice to pregnant women. Therefore, the aim of this research was to assess the nutritional knowledge levels of final year midwifery students. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted, in which 562 final...

Author(s): Christiana Nsiah- Asamoah and Evelyn Asamoah Ampofo

Knowledge, attitude and practice of surgical site infection prevention among post-operative nurses in a tertiary health institution in north-central Nigeria

June 2017

Surgical operations are vital procedures in the health care delivery system. Advancement in surgery has played a pivotal role in managing and treating complex health challenges requiring the process. However, the process and procedure involved in surgical operations could significantly endanger the life of the patient. Healthcare associated infections (HAI) pose grave danger to patients and health workers alike....

Author(s): Oluwakemi Ajike Kolade, Salisu Abubakar, Sanusi R. Adejumoke, Hanson Victoria Funmilayo, and Adelani Tijani

Prevalence and predictors of antenatal depressive symptoms among women attending Adama Hospital Antenatal Clinic, Adama, Ethiopia

May 2017

Antenatal depressive disorders are serious health problems and pose multiple dangers to both the mother and her fetus, however, not given due attention. They are found with significantly higher prevalence rates in low income countries and associated with socio-economic and socio-cultural factors predominantly. The main objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of antenatal depressive disorders and associated...

Author(s): Martha Assefa Sahile, Mesfin Tafa Segni, Tadese Awoke and Dessalegn Bekele

The role of supportive supervision in enhancing and sustaining health education in home management and prevention of malaria among mothers of under-five children

May 2017

This paper introduces the concept of supportive supervision in community-based nursing intervention as a supervisory tool among health consumers. It provides overview of supportive supervision as management tool to facilitate delivery of quality service by the health care providers. It also describes the adaptability of this concept to supervision of community members following heath education and training with a view...

Author(s): Moridiyat O. A. Adeyemo

Breastfeeding skills in Arba Minch Zuria: The positioning and attachment initiatives

April 2017

Proper child positioning and attachment initiates the production of optimal amounts of breast milk and contribute to the comfort of a child during suckling. Poor breastfeeding practices like early cessation and poor breastfeeding skills, introduction of unclean artificial feeding have been widely documented in the world. This cross-sectional community based study was carried out between October 7 and 25, 2013 in Arba...

Author(s): Dessalegn Tamiru and Hunduma Jisha

The Igaraçu fluvial mobile clinic: Lessons learned while implementing an innovative primary care approach in Rural Amazonia, Brazil

April 2017

In Amazonia, which includes regions in eight South American countries (and an enormous area in Northern Brazil) many of the inhabitants live in small communities scattered across a vast territory? Since too often they cannot be accessed by road, health services must be brought to them on specially constructed river barges, which are floating comprehensive primary care clinics. To effectively deliver health services to...

Author(s): Michele Rocha Kadri, Debra Rose Wilson, Julio Cesar Schweickardt, James G. Linn, Lisandra N. Guimarães Farias, Adriana Moreira and Rodrigo Tobias Lima

Prevalence and assessment of knowledge and practice towards hypertension among Bahir Dar City communities, 2016: A community based cross-sectional study

March 2017

Hypertension is a silent killer cardiovascular disease and is becoming a concerned public health challenges particularly in developing countries up to date. The problem is significant particularly where there is weak health system like sub-Saharan Africa. The global prevalence of raised blood pressure in adults aged 18years and over was around 22% in 2014, and the number of people living with hypertension is predicted...

Author(s): Ayele Semachew Kasa and Abdurehman Kelifa Shifa

Knowledge of obstetric danger signs and associated factors among pregnant women attending antenatal care at selected health facilities in Illu Ababor zone, Oromia National Regional State, south-west Ethiopia

March 2017

This research investigates awareness of the danger signs of obstetric complications. Pregnancy as a normal process that results in a series of both physiological and psychological changes in pregnant women. However, normal pregnancy may be followed by some problems and complications which are potentially life threatening to the mother and/or the fetus. The study aims to assess level of knowledge of obstetric danger...

Author(s): Dereje Tsegaye, Muluneh Shuremu, Kebebe Bidira and Benti Negero

Italian midwives attitude toward complementary and alternative medicine

February 2017

The growing interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) applies also to the field of obstetrics and this encouraged midwives to support the application during pregnancy and delivery.  Application of CAM is complete according to the skills and the aims of the midwife’s professional profile, representing as it does a safe non...

Author(s): Isabella Neri, Maria Cristina Gemmi, Alba Ricchi and Elisabetta Romei

Who is responsible for couple infertility: A clinic-based survey in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

February 2017

This study was carried out to describe the male or female original causes of infertility among couples and the semen quality among men attending fertility clinics. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with a retrospective data collection from 2003 to 2012. From 14 to 18th January, 6 982 patients were included and analyzed 6642 patients’ data from 15 private and public medical centres in...

Author(s): Somé N. Eric, Da D Cyriac, Boncoungou Justine, Lankoandé Jean and Poda Jean Noël

Factors related with low back pain and pelvic pain at the early stage of pregnancy in Japanese women

January 2017

The aim of this study was to clarify the proportion of women with low back and/or pelvic pain (LBPP) and LBPP-related factors at the early stage of pregnancy and to clarify the differences between LBPP-related factors in primiparous women and multiparous women in Japan. 157 pregnant women were recruited. Information about the presence of LBPP, degree of pain by using a visual analog scale (VAS), location of pain, past...

Author(s): Yuko Uemura, Toshiyuki Yasui, Kimiyo Horike, Kazuhisa Maeda, Hirokazu Uemura, Mari Haku, Reiko Sakae and Keiko Matsumura

Early breastfeeding initiation (EBFI)

December 2016

The objective of the paper was to describe the concept Early Breastfeeding Initiation (EBFI). Early breastfeeding initiation (EBFI) is recommended within the first hour following giving birth as a simple strategy in enhancing neonatal health and survival. Despite the clear definition by [WHO] on EBFI, some variations still exists across board on what exactly EBFI initiation is. The variations have compounded negatively...

Author(s): Gladys Mugadza, Mathilda Zvinavashe, Felicity, Zvanyadza Gumbo, Babill Stray-Pedersen and Clara Haruzivishe

Knowledge on birth preparedness and complication readiness in Eastern Region of Nepal

December 2016

Birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR) strategy encourage women to be informed of danger signs of obstetric complications and emergencies which will help them to recognize problem and reduce the delay on deciding to seek care, making the care-seeking process more efficient. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge regarding birth preparedness and complication readiness and its effect on the...

Author(s): Prativa Dhakal and Mangala Shrestha

Utilization of family planning methods among rural Ethiopian women

November 2016

This study was conducted at the Mirab Abaya District of Southern Ethiopia. The aim of this study was to identify factors that determine the decision to utilize family planning methods among rural women. The sample size for this study was 115 (53 family planning user and 62 non-user respondents). The quantitative data were analyzed through frequency, percentage and...

Author(s): Agidew Abebe

Low gestational weight gain, desire to be slender and quality of life in pregnant Japanese women

September 2016

In Japan, many young women desire to be slim, contributing to an increase in the number of women with low gestational weight gain. This study aimed to clarify the association between low gestational weight gain and low birth weight infant, desire of pregnant women to be slim, self-efficacy, or quality of life (QOL). Subjects were Japanese women in their ≥24th week of pregnancy who visited four primary hospitals in...

Author(s): Yuriko Kusumi and Hitomi Koizumi,

Effectiveness of physical therapy for pregnant low back pain - A literature review

August 2016

This study aims to review recently published clinical presentation on the effectiveness and impact of current therapy for low back pain (LBP) during pregnancy. This would help to build an information background and determine the necessity for future research on the development of an effective means for reducing pregnant low back pain. Key words: Therapy, pregnant, low back pain, review.

Author(s): M. Y. Li, C. W. Kan, A. S. W. Wong, Y. L. Kwok, J. Yip, S. P. Ng and T. H. T. Lao

Antecedent factors relating to the adoption of vasectomy among married men in peri-urban communities of Ibadan, Nigeria

July 2016

Vasectomy is a method of family planning which is quite acceptable in many developed countries of the world. However, in most African countries, there are still existing barriers to its adoption by married men. This study was therefore designed to explore the antecedent factors related to the adoption of vasectomy among married men in eight (8) peri-urban communities of Ibadan, Nigeria. Four hundred and thirty one men...

Author(s): Adeyimika T. Desmennu, Oyedunni S. Arulogun and Ademola J. Ajuwon

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