African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1933-1942
Bioline Code: hs20158
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 1933-1942
© Copyright 2020 - Muhunzi S et al.
Prevalence, predictors and reasons for home delivery amongst women of childbearing age in Dodoma Municipality in central Tanzania|
Muhunzi, Situ; Ngocho, James Samwel; Mwanamsangu, Amasha; Sanga, Leah; Hiza, Hellen; Msuya, Sia E & Mahande, Michael J
Introduction: The objective was to determine the prevalence, predictors and reasons for home delivery amongst women of
childbearing age in Dodoma, Tanzania.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted amongst women living in Dodoma Municipality. Data were collected using
adapted questionnaires and analysed using SPPS version 23. A multivariable logistic regression model was used to assess the
independent predictors of home delivery.
Results: A total of 425 women of childbearing age were enrolled in this study. The mean (± SD) age of the participants was
28.7 (±7.1) years. The prevalence of home delivery was 35.5% (n=150, 95% CI 30.9 – 40.2). Women with secondary school and
above had 93% less odds of home delivery than women who had no education (AOR=0.0795% CI: 0.03-0.18). Women who
lived in rural areas (AOR=3.49, 95% CI: 2.12-5.75), and women living more than 5km from health facilities (AOR=2.67, 95%
CI: 1.65-4.37) had higher odds of home delivery. The main reasons for home delivery were transportation cost, and long distance
to the nearest health facilities.
Conclusion: In this population, the prevalence of home delivery remained to be high. To address this more collaborative multisectoral
effort like strengthening health education and strengthening maternity waiting homes are needed.
Women; home delivery; prevalence; factors; Tanzania