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Sociocultural determinants of maternal health service utilization in talensi District, upper Eastern Ghana

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Abstract: Information on the importance of women s access to quality maternal health care during pregnancy and childbirth for the health of mothers and infants. However, most pregnant women do not receive the minimum number of antenatal care (ANC) services recommended by who (at least 4 times during pregnancy). This paper attempts to determine the types of maternal health services (MHC) women receive during pregnancy and childbirth and after childbirth, and the reasons why women use and do not use MHC. method. The study used social survey design and probability sampling technology to sample 366 women. Data were collected through questionnaires. The results show that some socio-cultural factors, such as age, religion and traditional beliefssystem, education, and marital status influence women’s use of MHCS in the Talensi District. In addition, factors such as women’s National Health Insurance Scheme status, distance to health center, and attitude of health care professional determine their utilization of MHCS. To a large extent, these factors influence choice for traditional birth attendants over biomedically-based maternal health care services. Conclusion. The study recommended that there should be education for women on the need for them to utilize MHCS during pregnancy and delivery and after childbirth. Government should organize skill training for traditional birth attendants in the Talensi District.

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