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Knowledge level and related factors of postpartum mothers on basic neonatal nursing practice in health center of Addis Ababa government, Ethiopia

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Abstract: Background every year, 4 million newborns die a month ago and about 3.4 million newborns die within the first week after birth. 66 of these deaths occurred within 24 hours. Late death, i.e. after 24 hours, still occurs in 34 , which can be avoided if the mother is aware of neonatal care, including signs of neonatal risk. Objectively, the purpose of the study was to assess the knowledge level and related factors of postpartum mothers about basic neonatal care practices in the health center of the government of Addis Ababa. Methodology from December 5 to January 30, 2016, an institution based cross-sectional study was conducted in AA health center by multi-stage sampling method, and internal comparison was carried out. As a result, a total of 512 mothers came to postntal visit were interviewed using structured pretest questionnaires. Knowledge was assessed using closed and open ended questions. Poor knowledge has strong association with women’s occupation (AOR = 2.10, 95 CI : (1.38,3.20)). Parity of the women was found as one of significant predictors for poor knowledge of essential newborn care. Women who were primiparas are 1.99 times more likely to have poor knowledge of ENC compared to women who were multiparas AOR = 1.99,95 CI: (1.25,3.20). The other significant predictors for poor knowledge of ENC were ANC visit. Women who had less than four antenatal visits were 0.63 times less likely to have poor knowledge than those who visit four times and above. AOR = 0.63, 95 CI:( 0.40,0.99). Conclusion. Maternal education programs should be given emphasis for the components of ENC for mothers’ knowledge gaps. Special emphasis needs to be placed when educating vulnerable groups including those who failed to fully attend antenatal clinic visits.

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