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Child spacing and fertility planning behavior among women in mana district, jimma zone, South west ethiopia.

Dibaba Y - Ethiop J Health Sci (2010)

Bottom Line: Women with unintended pregnancy are more likely to be illiterate (OR=1.85,95%CI,1.23-2.79), have four or more living children(OR=2.77,95% CI,1.77-4.33), had a previous birth interval of less than 24 months(OR=1.78,95% CI(1.19-2.69), have never used contraception (OR=4.53, 95% CI, 3.05-6.75) and did not desire any more children (OR=1.84, 95% CI, 1.23-2.76).The study showed that an inadequate child spacing and high level of unintended pregnancy among considerable proportion of the study population.Thus, improving access to safe and voluntary family planning counseling and services is essential to reduce the high level of unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals.

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Affiliation: Department of Population and Family Health, Jimma University.

ABSTRACT

Background: Short birth intervals and unintended pregnancies pose serious health risks to mothers and their infants by causing unnecessary high risk of pregnancy related complications and self induced abortions. The objective of the study was to assess the child spacing and fertility planning behavior of women in Mana district, Jimma zone.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted from July 18 - August 17, 2008 on 645 women who had a live birth in the three years prior to the survey. A simple random sampling technique was used to identify eligible women. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Data were analyzed using SPSS for windows version 15. Frequency distributions, cross-tabulation, and logistic regression analysis were performed.

Results: Analysis of birth intervals for women with non first births showed that 27% of births occurred within less than 24 months after a previous birth, showing that a considerable proportion of births were not adequately spaced to promote maternal and child health. About 39% of women reported that their recent pregnancy was unintended. Women with unintended pregnancy are more likely to be illiterate (OR=1.85,95%CI,1.23-2.79), have four or more living children(OR=2.77,95% CI,1.77-4.33), had a previous birth interval of less than 24 months(OR=1.78,95% CI(1.19-2.69), have never used contraception (OR=4.53, 95% CI, 3.05-6.75) and did not desire any more children (OR=1.84, 95% CI, 1.23-2.76).

Conclusion: The study showed that an inadequate child spacing and high level of unintended pregnancy among considerable proportion of the study population. Unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals can pose serious health risks to mothers and their infants by causing unnecessary high risk of pregnancy related complications. Thus, improving access to safe and voluntary family planning counseling and services is essential to reduce the high level of unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals.

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Birth interval in months in Mana District, 2008
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Mentions: The average number of children ever born was 4.02(±2.19). Analysis of birth intervals for women with non first births (at least two births) showed that 27% of births occurred within less than 24 months and 33% occurred between 24 and 35 months. Only 35% of births occurred between 36 and 59 months after a previous birth (fig 1). Regarding fertility planning, 382 (61%) women reported that their last birth was wanted, 146(23.3%) said it was mistimed while the remaining 99(15.8%) stated their last child was not wanted. This means that the magnitude of unintended (mistimed and unwanted) pregnancy among the study population was 39.1%. With regard to fertility preferences, about 338 (54%) said they want more children, 206 (33%) did not want any more child, while the remaining 83(13%) did not decide. Six hundred eleven (97.4%) of the respondents knew some form of family planning, while 218 (34.8%) of women reported current use of family planning (Table 2).


Child spacing and fertility planning behavior among women in mana district, jimma zone, South west ethiopia.

Dibaba Y - Ethiop J Health Sci (2010)

Birth interval in months in Mana District, 2008
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3275838&req=5

Figure 1: Birth interval in months in Mana District, 2008
Mentions: The average number of children ever born was 4.02(±2.19). Analysis of birth intervals for women with non first births (at least two births) showed that 27% of births occurred within less than 24 months and 33% occurred between 24 and 35 months. Only 35% of births occurred between 36 and 59 months after a previous birth (fig 1). Regarding fertility planning, 382 (61%) women reported that their last birth was wanted, 146(23.3%) said it was mistimed while the remaining 99(15.8%) stated their last child was not wanted. This means that the magnitude of unintended (mistimed and unwanted) pregnancy among the study population was 39.1%. With regard to fertility preferences, about 338 (54%) said they want more children, 206 (33%) did not want any more child, while the remaining 83(13%) did not decide. Six hundred eleven (97.4%) of the respondents knew some form of family planning, while 218 (34.8%) of women reported current use of family planning (Table 2).

Bottom Line: Women with unintended pregnancy are more likely to be illiterate (OR=1.85,95%CI,1.23-2.79), have four or more living children(OR=2.77,95% CI,1.77-4.33), had a previous birth interval of less than 24 months(OR=1.78,95% CI(1.19-2.69), have never used contraception (OR=4.53, 95% CI, 3.05-6.75) and did not desire any more children (OR=1.84, 95% CI, 1.23-2.76).The study showed that an inadequate child spacing and high level of unintended pregnancy among considerable proportion of the study population.Thus, improving access to safe and voluntary family planning counseling and services is essential to reduce the high level of unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Population and Family Health, Jimma University.

ABSTRACT

Background: Short birth intervals and unintended pregnancies pose serious health risks to mothers and their infants by causing unnecessary high risk of pregnancy related complications and self induced abortions. The objective of the study was to assess the child spacing and fertility planning behavior of women in Mana district, Jimma zone.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted from July 18 - August 17, 2008 on 645 women who had a live birth in the three years prior to the survey. A simple random sampling technique was used to identify eligible women. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Data were analyzed using SPSS for windows version 15. Frequency distributions, cross-tabulation, and logistic regression analysis were performed.

Results: Analysis of birth intervals for women with non first births showed that 27% of births occurred within less than 24 months after a previous birth, showing that a considerable proportion of births were not adequately spaced to promote maternal and child health. About 39% of women reported that their recent pregnancy was unintended. Women with unintended pregnancy are more likely to be illiterate (OR=1.85,95%CI,1.23-2.79), have four or more living children(OR=2.77,95% CI,1.77-4.33), had a previous birth interval of less than 24 months(OR=1.78,95% CI(1.19-2.69), have never used contraception (OR=4.53, 95% CI, 3.05-6.75) and did not desire any more children (OR=1.84, 95% CI, 1.23-2.76).

Conclusion: The study showed that an inadequate child spacing and high level of unintended pregnancy among considerable proportion of the study population. Unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals can pose serious health risks to mothers and their infants by causing unnecessary high risk of pregnancy related complications. Thus, improving access to safe and voluntary family planning counseling and services is essential to reduce the high level of unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals.

No MeSH data available.


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