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Skilled midwifery for women in Tharaka nithi County, Kenya

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Abstract: Background the burden of maternal mortality is concentrated in sub Saharan Africa, with an estimated 500 deaths   1000 deaths per year. In 2012, about 40 million babies in developing countries were born without skilled caregivers. Skilled midwifery can improve maternal and neonatal survival. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine the level of skilled midwifery and its related factors. method. A structured questionnaire was used as a data collection tool for cross-sectional survey. Systematic sampling is used to select respondents from stratified facilities. The dependent variable was skilled midwifery. Descriptive statistics were used to generate proportions and percentages, while chi square test and Fisher exact test were used for DRA inferences. Association was significant if . Results. The level of utilisation of skilled birth attendance was 77 . Skilled birth attendance was noted to be associated with age, level of education, average family income, parity, distance to the health facility, timing of initiation of antenatal care, level of facility attended during pregnancy, and birth preparedness status. Conclusion. The level of skilled birth attendance among women in Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya, despite being higher than in some counties, requires improvement.

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