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Promoting access: the use of maternity waiting homes to achieve safe motherhood

Lori, Jody R., Wadsworth, Anna C., Munro, Michelle L. and Rominski, Sarah (2013) Promoting access: the use of maternity waiting homes to achieve safe motherhood. Midwifery, online. ISSN 0266-6138

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.07.020


Objective: to examine the structural and sociocultural factors influencing maternity waiting home (MWH) use through the lens of women, families, and communities in one rural county in postconflict Liberia. Design: an exploratory, qualitative descriptive design using focus groups and in-depth, individual interviews was employed. Content analysis of data was performed using Penchansky and Thomas's (1981) five A's of access as a guiding framework. Setting: rural communities in north-central Liberia. Participants: a convenience sampling was used to recruit participants. Eight focus groups were held with 75 participants from congruent groups of (1) MWH users, (2) MWH non-users, (3) family members of MWH users, and (4) family members of MWH non-users. Eleven individual interviews were conducted with clinic staff or community leaders. Findings: the availability of MWHs decreased the barrier of distance for women to access skilled care around the time of childbirth. Food insecurity while staying at a MWH was identified as a potential barrier by participants. Key conclusions: examining access as a general concept within the specific dimensions of availability, accessibility, accommodation, affordability, and acceptability provides a way to describe the structural and sociocultural factors that influence access to a MWH and skilled attendance for birth. Implications for practice: MWHs can address the barrier of distance in accessing skilled care for childbirth in a rural setting with long distances to a facility.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2013 08:57
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 02:01
Projects: USAID-M-OOA-GH-HSR-10–40, K01 TW008763-01A1, F31NR012852
Funders: U.S. Agency for International Development, Fogarty International, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes for Nursing Research

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