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Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness among Primigravida Mothers

Smita Sahu, Mrs. ManjuBala Dash


Background: Birth preparedness and complication readiness is a key component of globally accepted safe motherhood programs that can reduce the number of women dying from the obstetrical complication. Methods: A descriptive survey was conducted to assess the knowledge and practice regarding birth preparedness and complication readiness (BP/CR) among primi mothers attending ANC of M.K.C.G Medical College Hospital, Berhampur, Ganjam, Odisha. Total 60 primi mothers were selected by using purposive sampling technique. Results: The findings of the study revealed that 85% of primigravida mothers were in the age group 20-30 years, 100% were Hindu by religion, 85% from rural area, less than half 43.33% were under matric, most of them 91.66% were home maker, and majority of primigravida mothers( 66.67%) had received information regarding BP/CR from health personnel. The study identified that only 50% of the primigravida mothers had average knowledge and 83.33% had poor practice of preparation for birth and its complication. Conclusion: The study concluded that the primigravida mothers had inadequate knowledge and poor practices and these are not associated with any socio-demographic variable except practice is found associated with occupation.

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