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Views on unassisted childbirth among mothers at a teaching hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Ismail, Aniza and Anas, Nur Farhani and Neo, Shun Qin and Ab Ghani, Najwa Hayati and Ridzwan, Muhammad Amir and Azeman, Nur Izatul Aisyah and Suddin, Leny Suzana and Mohd Zulkefli, Nor Afiah and Baharom, Anisah (2021) Views on unassisted childbirth among mothers at a teaching hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana, 50 (5). 1357 - 1365. ISSN 0126-6039


A cross-sectional study was conducted among mothers visiting clinic in UKMMC from 1st to 19th August 2016 to acquire opinions on unassisted childbirth and the determinant factors among mothers at a teaching hospital. Structured questionnaires were used in assessing their opinions on unassisted childbirth. A total of 259 respondents were recruited, 229 of them who met the inclusion criteria were included for analysis. Majority (87.3%) was Malay and 98.7% of respondents were more than 25 years old. The prevalence for mothers who agreed with unassisted childbirth was 6.6%. Bivariate analysis showed Malay (p=0.013) and non-working mothers (p=0.000) are the significant factors. There was no significant association between opinions on unassisted childbirth and quality of government healthcare services. Multivariate analysis showed middle income and non-working mothers were the significant factors contributing to opinions on unassisted childbirth. The outcome showed minority of mothers agreed with unassisted childbirth, middle income group and non-working mothers agreed on unassisted childbirth. Dissatisfaction to the quality of care at government healthcare services was not found to be the reason for unassisted childbirth. However, there could be other factors contributing to opinions on unassisted childbirth delivery which were not studied. Community-based study should be conducted to determine the other factors.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.17576/jsm-2021-5005-15
Publisher: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Keywords: Childbirth; Government; Mothers; Teaching hospital
Depositing User: Mohamad Jefri Mohamed Fauzi
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2023 01:56
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2023 01:56
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/93547
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