Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2016, Pages: 458-462

Assessment of Factors Affecting Institutional Delivery Service Utilization Among Mother Who Gave Birth in Last Two Years, Arbaminch Town, Gamo Gofa Zone, Snnpr, Ethiopia

Woiynshet Gebretsadik Kelebore, Aschalech Asefa, Asefa Tunje, Shitaye Shibiru, Simret Hassen, Dinkalem Getahun, Mesfine Mamo

Department of Nursing, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia

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(W. G. Kelebore)
(S. Shibiru)
(D. Getahun)
(M. Mamo)
(A. Tunje)

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Woiynshet G/tsadik Kelebore, Aschalech Asefa, Asefa Tunje, Shitaye Shibiru, Simret Hassen, Dinkalem Getahun, Mesfine Mamo. Assessment of Factors Affecting Institutional Delivery Service Utilization Among Mother Who Gave Birth in Last Two Years, Arbaminch Town, Gamo Gofa Zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia. Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2016, pp. 457-461. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20160406.17

Received: August 8, 2016; Accepted: August 20, 2016; Published: October 20, 2016

Abstract: Reducing maternal morbidity and mortality is a global priority which is particularly relevant to developing countries like Ethiopia. One of the key strategies for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality is increasing institutional delivery service utilization of mothers under the care of skilled birth attendants. Thus, this study was aimed at assessing factors affecting delivery service utilization among women who give birth during the period of two years in Arba Minch town. Community based cross sectional study was used and the required sample was 178. Study participants were selected using systemic sampling method from list of women who had given birth in the last two years in Arba Minch town. Detailed explanation and interpretation was made by presenting the data in the form of frequency, percentage using tables, graphs and odd ratio with 95% CI was calculated to see the association b/n the dependent & independent variable .A total of 168 women who gave delivery in the last two year prior to this study survey, were interviewed making a response rate of 94% and the prevalence of delivery service utilization was found to be 73.2%.NoneEducated women were 27% less likely utilize the delivery service then educated [OR, 0.733 95% CI=0.468-1.149]. Women who know the benefit of giving birth at HF were 44% more likely to utilize delivery service than [OR, 2.444 95% CI=1.728-3.458].the women who have Knowledge of complication of labour were 44% more likely to utilize delivery service than the women who have Knowledge of complication of labour [OR 1.444, 95% CI=1.728-3.458]. In this study age, monthly income, distance of the HF and knowledge on complication were associated with delivery service utilization. The concerned government office needsto work on creation of awareness.

Keywords: Institutional Delivery, Service, Knowledge, Utilization

1. Introduction

Despite progress in some countries, the global number of deaths per year, estimated at 529,000 or one women’s death every minute has not changed significantly since the ICPD, according to recent estimate by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA; ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries. Millions more women survive but disability related to pregnancy and child birth. Yet, most of these deaths could be avoided if preventive measures were taken and adequate care was made [2-4].While it is recognized that almost half of the newborn deaths can be prevented by scaling up evidence-based available interventions such as tetanus toxoid immunization to mothers; clean and skilled care at delivery; newborn resuscitation; exclusive breastfeeding; clean umbilical cord care; management of infections in newborns, many require facility based and outreach services [21].

2. Method and Material

2.1. Study Area

This study was conducted in Arbaminch town. Arbaminch town is one of the 22 reform town in Ethiopia which is found in SNNPR, Gamo Gofa zone. The town is located 505km from the capital city Addis Abeba. Arba Minch town has four sub-cities and there were around 351 womenwho have given birth in the last two years and the study was conducted from August 16, 2013 toAugust 30, 2013.

2.2. Source and Study Population

All women who have given birth in the last two years in Arba Minch town were the source population. Sampled l women who have given birth from August 15, 2011 to August 15, 2013 in Arba Minch were study population.

2.3. Sample Size Determination and Procedure

The sample size was calculated using Single population proportion formula based on the following assumption:

Where:n= sample size

z= standard distribution value for 95 CI, z=1.96

1-p=prevalence of institutional delivery service utilization = 0.3 (From Butajira 2012)

D= marginal error = 0.05(5%)

There for n= (1.96)2*0.30(.70)


n= 323

To minimizing sample size population correction formula was used

nf =n/1+n/N Where

ni = calculated sample size

nf = exact sample size

N= sample population

323/ (1+323/351) =170we added5% for non-response rate 8, so the required sample size was 178

2.4. Sampling Procedure

Arbaminch town has four Sub-cities and eleven kebele. The study was done in all kebeleandthe calculated sample size (178) was used to recruit study subjects from all kebeles proportional to the their size. The minimum number of participants included in the study from each kebele was assigned proportionately based on data obtained from the respective statistics office. Then, systematic random sampling was used to select and approach study subjects who gave birth in the last two years during data collection time.

Table 1. Proportional allocation ofsample in all different kebeles in, Arba Minch town, Gamo Gofa zone SNNPR 2014 E.C. Name of kebele Number of women who deliverer in the last two years Proportional allocation
1 Ediget Ber 52 52/351*100%=14.8%= 178*14\100= 26
2 Menahria 23  23/351*100%=7%178*7/100=12
3 Kulfo 49 49/351*100%=14% 178*14\100= 25
4 Dilfana 41 41/351*100%=12% 178*12\100=21
5 Gurba 26 26/351*100%=7% 178*7/100=13
6 Wuha Minch 37 37/351*100%=11% 178*11\100=20
7 Mehal Ketema 19 19/351*100%=5% 178*5\100= 9
8 Limat 28 28/351*100%=8%= 178*8\100=14
9 Bere 30 30/351*100%=9%=178*9\100= 16
10 Chamo 20 20/351*100%=6%=178*6\100= 11
11 Doyisa 26 26/351*100%=7% 178*7\100=12

2.5. Data Collection Tools, Procedure and Quality

Data collection format was developed after review of different related literature: the format include the following check list

  Socio-demographic characteristics (sex, age, residence, marital status, occupational status, educational status)

  Knowledgerelated information

   Obstetric related information,

  health service related information and

  Culture related information

Training and orientation on how to collect the data was given for the data collectorspre-test was conducted and possible modification was done based on the finding and after on the actual data collection was carried out. The data was collectedusing Semi Structured interview administered questionnaire.

2.6. Data Quality Management, Processing and Analysis

To ensure the quality of data, data collectors were trained nurses recruited from ANC and delivery unit. On the days of data collection the principal investigators and supervisor supervised the data collection. The data collector and supervisor were trained on the objective of study. The questioners were checked for completeness and consistency by principal investigator before data entry. Completed questioner were

Coded by number and entered in to a commuter software EPI info version 3.5.1 statistical package and exported to SPSS version 20.Cross checking and data cleaning was done for accuracy and consistency by running frequency of each variable by principal investigator. Detailed explanation and interpretation was made by presenting the data in the form of frequency, percentage using tables, graphs and odd ratio with 95% CI was calculated to see the association b/n the dependent & independent variable.

2.7. Study Variables

2.7.1. Dependent Variable

  Delivery service utilization

2.7.2. Independent Variables"

  Socio demographic factor- (age, marital status, occupation, income, education, access to radio and distance)

  Knowledge variable –( pregnancy and labour danger sign, knowledge about pregnancy risk, attitude on health facility)

  Obstetric variables, (parity and ANC)

2.8. Operational Definitions

  Uneducated - a woman who is unable to read and write

  Educated – a woman who is able to read and write

  Recent delivered women - women who had a deliver within the last two years during the period of data collection.

  Knowledge - Those woman who answered more than 50% of knowledge related questions have good knowledge and those women who scored less 50%of knowledge related questions have poor knowledge

  Institutional delivery – is women who gave birth in the health facilities by skilled professional

2.9. Ethical Consideration

Ethical clearance was obtained from ethical review committee of Arba Minch University, College of medicine and Health Science, department of nursing. An official letter from the college was sent to all kebeles of Arba Minch town in order to get permission for data collection. Verbal consent was obtained from each respondent before data collection. Subjects were told the confidentiality of the information that they are going to give. Ethical way of approaching was followed by the interviewers in a manner of respect of the culture, religion, language and other dignity of the community, their right to refuse.

3. Result

In this community based correctional study A total of 168 women, who gave delivery in the last two year prior to this study were interviewed making a response rate of 94% and the prevalence of delivery service utilization 73.2%.

3.1. Socio Demographic Characteristics

In this study ,majority 154 (91.5%) were married, regarding their occupational status115(68 %) were housewives; most of the study participants are urban by residence,134(79.8) are educated and 90(53.8) earn monthly income of less than 200ETB.

3.2. Predictors of Institutional Delivery Service Utilization

Out of the 168 study subjects, 102 (60.7%) did not know about risks during pregnancy. Among the 70(41.4%) who mentioned at least one risk during pregnancy and 98 (58.6) of them did not know any danger sign of pregnancy .Regarding the benefit of giving birth at health facility155 (92.3%) responded at least one benefit.

Fig. 1. Women's knowledge on utilization of delivery service in Arba Minch town Gamo Gofa zone SNNPR 2014 E.C.

Not Educated person were 73% less likely utilize the delivery service than educated (OR, 0.733 95%CI=0.468-1.149). Regarding Households who possess radio were 16 % more likely to utilize delivery service than households who did not have radio [OR, 1.16895%CI=1.168-2.442].

Households having monthly income200birrwere 73 % more less likely utilize delivery service than those with monthly income200-400birr [OR 0.733 , 95%CI=0.468-1.149 ]. With regard to the health service factor distance ever used utilized the service. On the contrary, health facility at proximity, and ability to pay for the service were significantly associated with place of delivery [OR4.100, 95%CI=2.751-6.111]

Women who have been living in areas more than ten min far away distance from health facility were less likely to utilize health service with [OR 1.156, 95%CI=0.775-1.722 ]. Considering the maternal knowledge

e about knowledge on complication of labour, mothers who did not know knowledge on complication of labour were less likely to utilize delivery service than those mother who know at least one danger sign of pregnancy [OR 1.444, 95%CI=0.988-2.112]. Mothers who have not Planed pregnancy were less likely to utilize delivery service than those mother who had Planed pregnancy [OR 1.956, 95%CI=1.365-2.801].

Table 2. Variables which have association with delivery service among women delivery in last two year in Arba Minch town Gamo Gofa zone 2014E.C.

Variables Yes Number(%) No Number(%) OR 95% CI
Age <18 0 11 3.618(2.475-5.289)
>19 123 45 1
Radio avalablity Yes 76(45.2%) 45(26.8%) 1.168(1.168-2.442)
No 23(13.6%) 27(16%) 1
Income <200 33(19.6%) 45(26.8%) 0.733(0.476-1.149)
200-400 45(26.8%) 45(26.8%) 1
Planed pregnancy yes 88(52.4%) 45(26.8%) 1.956(1.356-2.801)
No 17(10.1%) 17(10.1%) 1
Way of service giving on payment <=100-400 3(1.7%) 12(7.1%) 4.100(2.751-6.111)
>400 123(73.2%) 30(17.9%) 1
Knowlege on complication of labour Yes 65(38.7%) 45(26.8%) 1.444(0.988-2.112)
No 29(17.2%) 29(17.2%) 1
Knowlege of benefit of giving birth at HF Yes 110(65.4%) 45(26.8%) 2.444(1.728-3.485)
No 7(4.1%) 6(3.5%) 1
Able to pay delivery service utilization Yes 33(73.4%) 12(26.6%) 4.100(2.751-6.111)
No 123(100%) 0 1
Knowlege Poor Knowlege 0 45(100) 0.422(0.247-0.722)
Good  Knowlege 104(84.6%) 19(15.4%) 1

4. Discussion

This community –based study has tried to identify factors affecting delivery service utilization in Arba. Minch town .in this study, 73.2% of the mothers gave birth in the health facilities and it show the majority of the mother was delivered in health facility (26.8%) preferred home delivery. This finding is almost consistent with the FMOH report (health and health related indictor) which is (23.7%), SNNRP (16.7%) and Sheka Zone (25.1%). All of these studies showed that still high number of women was delivering at home being attended by untrained birth attendant and relatives.

From the total, 45 (26.7%) of them were home deliveries. All of the home deliveries were attended by relatives and untrained TBA. This finding is consistent with Amhara Region EDHS 2011, 64.6 percent were attended by relatives but slightly lower than the finding in North Gondor (76.4%) and (72.6%) in Metekel Zone. This might be due to the trust on the family or the relatives in giving support and close attention. With regard to reasons for preferring home delivery, (15.4 %) had mentioned smooth and short duration of labor, (7.7%) were preference to deliver in the presence of relatives, and 2.9% respectively. These findings have consistent with North Gondar study, (44.7%) were due to short and smooth duration of labour, and accordingly, factors influencing delivery service utilization of women were identified. The factors were related to women and utilization of service. The study has identified several socio-demographic factors that have important influence delivery service utilization. In line with other studies socio demographic characteristics such as educational status of the respondent, income and having radio were the common predictors for delivery service utilization increased knowledge and access to delivery service.

The finding is consistent with the findings in North Gonder, Peru, Tanzania, and Bangladesh. Educated women are more likely to use institutional delivery than not educated mothers. The possible explanation for why education is a key determinant could be that as a woman go up through the ladder of education, the more knowledgeable she will be about the use of health facility also education is likely to enhance female autonomy so that women develop greater confidence and capability to make decision about their own health. Mothers who reported access to radio were more utilize health facility

delivery service than mothers who had not reported.

Mothers who had good knowledge were about more likely to utilize delivery service than mothers who had poor knowledge. This finding was consistent to the study done in Sikela District, Amhara Region, and in Tanzania also showed that the proportion of women with skilled care at delivery increased with knowledge of danger sign from 91 percent among women who did not mention any to 100 percent among who did mentioned four almost or more danger signs (P <0.005). Finally, this study recommended further research on quality of maternal health services; particularly delivery services the reason for gaps between the factor that affect delivery service utilization, providers and mothers’ knowledge towards delivery service.

5. Strength and Limitation of the Study

Strength-Since we used trained data collector these decreased occurrence bias

Limitation – Since the study is retrospective there might be possibility of recall bias

6. Conclusion

This study identified that, Educational status, income, having radio, distance from health care center, knowledge of giving birth at health facility and knowledge on complication on labour of the women werean independent predictor of delivery service utilization.

The present study identified relatively good utilization delivery service in the study area during in the last two year of delivery. that is 73.2 percent of mothers delivered at health facilities while still majority had delivered at home.


Arba Minch town health office need to work on creation of awareness and Research and academic institutes need to do further research on the area


First of all we would like to express our heart full thanks Arbaminch University, college of medicine and health science and department of nursing for giving this chance for doing this research report. We would like to acknowledge Arbaminch town health department and health center for their cooperation to give us available information. Finally we would like to express our heart full thanks to the study participants.


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