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Maternal health services utilisation by Kenyan adolescent mothers: analysis of the Demographic Health Survey 2014

Banke-Thomas, Aduragbemi ORCID: 0000-0002-4449-0131, Banke-Thomas, Oluwasola, Kivuvani, Mwikali and Ameh, Charles Anawo (2017) Maternal health services utilisation by Kenyan adolescent mothers: analysis of the Demographic Health Survey 2014. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 12. pp. 37-46. ISSN 1877-5756

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.srhc.2017.02.004


Background Kenya has one of the highest adolescent fertility rates in East-Africa, estimated at 106 births per 1000 females aged 15–19 years. In addition to promoting safe sexual behaviour, utilisation of maternal health services (MHS) is essential to prevent poor outcomes of pregnancy and childbirth. To ensure optimum planning, particularly in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, this study assesses the current service utilisation patterns of Kenyan adolescent mothers and the factors that affect this utilisation. Methods Using data from the recently published 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey, we collected demographic and utilisation data of all three MHSs (antenatal care (ANC), skilled birth attendance (SBA) and postnatal care (PNC)) of adolescent mothers aged 15–19 years. We then conducted bivariate and multivariate analyses to test associations between selected demographic and service utilisation variables. Results Our findings showed that half of Kenyan adolescent mothers have had their first birth by the age of 16. MHS utilisation rates amongst Kenyan adolescent mothers were 93%, 65%, 92% for ANC, SBA and PNC respectively. Mother’s education, religion, ethnicity, place of residence, wealth quintile, mass media exposure, and geographical region were significant predictors for both ANC and SBA utilisation. Education level of partner was significant for ANC utilisation while parity was significant for both SBA and PNC. Conclusions Adolescent MHS utilisation is not optimum in Kenya. More work that includes affordable care provision, cultural re-orientation, targeted mass-media campaigns and male involvement in care need to be done with emphasis on the most disadvantaged areas

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Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 12:39
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:34

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