Socio-cultural factors influencing expectant mothers' access and choice of child birth setting/maternity services in Ibadan metropolis, Nigeria

Emeka Obioha, National University of Lesotho
Abiodun Fashagba, University of Ibadan

In patriarchal societies, a woman’s right to take decisions on health and reproductive issues without the consent of a male member of the family is hardly a practice. Even with various women rights initiatives, it is still not certain, the extent to which expectant mothers influence the decision on where to have their babies. Against this background, this study investigated the social and cultural factors that influence expectant mothers’ decision on the type of maternity to use for child birth. The study utilized secondary data sources and a survey of 150 mothers drawn from three purposively selected traditional, faith based and hospital maternity places in Ibadan. The study indicates the relative importance of husbands’ approval, husbands’ educational attainment, mothers’ educational attainment, income variation, perception of safety of the birth place, pre-knowledge and preference for a particular birth place over other socio-cultural factors in influencing mothers’ decision of child birth setting.

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Presented in Session 89: Reproductive health rights and choices 2