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Rwanda Medical Journal
Rwanda Health Communication Center - Rwanda Biomedical Center (RHCC - RBC)
ISSN: 2079-097X
EISSN: 2079-097X
Vol. 74, No. 3, 2017, pp. 6-9
Bioline Code: rw17014
Full paper language: English
Document type: Study
Document available free of charge

Rwanda Medical Journal, Vol. 74, No. 3, 2017, pp. 6-9

 en “Respectful Maternity Care” or “Disrespect and Abuse during Maternity Care”; Experience of Pregnant Women in Ogbomoso, South West Nigeria
Ogunlaja, A. O.; Fehintola, O. A.; Ogunlaja, I. P.; Popoola, G.; Idowu, A.; Awotunde, O. T.; Durodola, M. & Fehintola, O. F.


Introduction: Globally, “Respectful maternity care” is gaining much deserved recognition and attention from experts working in the field of reproductive health. Disrespect and abuse have been common in maternal and child health care delivery, hence deterring women in seeking proper health services.

Objectives: This article places emphasis on the understanding of the experience of respectful maternity care or disrespect and abuse during maternity care in the past amongst women currently receiving antenatal care in Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Southwest Nigeria.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out on 438 women receiving antenatal care in Bowen University Teaching Hospital to determine whether they had experienced disrespect and abuse during maternity care in the past or not.
Results: The study showed that 93.2% (408) of the respondents had experienced one form of disrespect and abuse. Sociodemographic variables were a significant contributor to the knowledge and experience of respectful maternity care.

Dicussion: There is an important need to ensure a reorientation of healthcare workers and health education to the members of the community.

Respectful maternity care; Disrespect and Abuse; Maltreatment Hospitals; Maternity; Nigeria; Africa

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