Identification

Author

Sobel HL, Oliveros YE, Nyunt-U S

Title

Secondary analysis of a national health survey on factors influencing women in the Philippines to deliver at home and unattended by a healthcare professional.

Year

2010

Publication type

Article

Journal

International Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics

Created

2016-03-03 22:43:15.676436+00:00

Modified

2016-07-18 15:55:08.927659+00:00

Details

Volume

111

Number

2

Pages

157-160

Access

Language

English

URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020729210003711
DOI

10.1016/j.ijgo.2010.06.020

Accessed

2016-05-24

Extended information

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
To elucidate factors that influence Philippine women to deliver at home and not be attended by a healthcare professional.
METHODS:
Analysis of hospital data that were collected through Global Positioning System technology uploaded into the WHO HealthMapper and data on 7380 women from the Philippines Demographic and Health Survey, 2003.
RESULTS:
Most of the home deliveries that were not attended by healthcare professionals occurred within 15 km of a hospital. Women who had home deliveries and were not attended by a healthcare professional were more likely to be of low educational and economic status and to reside in rural houses without basic amenities (P<0.001). Obtaining money (83.0%), transport (48.1%), and a companion (35.0%) were identified as barriers to getting treatment. Death rates of neonates born to these women were not statistically different from those of neonates who were born in a healthcare facility (OR 1.0; 95% CI, 0.63-1.57; P<0.99).
CONCLUSION:
Most deliveries that were not attended by a healthcare professional occurred near a hospital. Financial barriers will need to be addressed to increase the number of deliveries in a healthcare facility. The apparent failure of hospitals to reduce newborn mortality may be related to suboptimal newborn care practices.