Factors influencing the choice of birthplace among women of childbearing age in selected health facilities in Saki West Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria

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Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Birthplace is a practically important aspect of childbearing preparation because of its medical effects on the life of the baby and the mother. The study aim was to evaluate the factors associated with choice of birthplace among women of childbearing age in Saki-West Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria. A descriptive cross-sectional study design was used with a validated structured questionnaire administered to 147 women selected purposively within child bearing age to assess their social demography, knowledge, accessibility, attitude of health workers, influence of economic factors on choice of birthplace. The findings reveal that barriers to healthcare facilities delivery among women of childbearing age were mostly associated with factors surrounding income, accessible healthcare centre to deliver and education. The results of multiple regression show statistically significantly predict the choice of birthplace, F (4, 140) = 0.728, p < .0005, R2 = 0.174. All the variables added statistically significantly to the prediction, p <0.05. The analysis also showed that knowledge β=- 0.136, satisfaction β=0.146, and accessibility β=-0.023 have influence on the choice of birthplace. This study has brought a better understanding into the factors influencing the choice of birthplace among women of childbearing age. Therefore, there should be focused and intensified counselling for women with more children and those with history of previous home deliveries to emphasize the benefit of facility delivery.



Birthplace, women, Choice, Childbearing age, Factor