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Title : FACTORS PREVENTING TRANSLATION OF KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE OF BIRTH PREPAREDNESS AND COMPLICATION READINESS AMONG EXPECTANT MOTHERS IN OJI-RIVER, ENUGU

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Birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPCR) is an aspect of the antenatal care intervention that ensures the timely use of skilled maternal and neonatal care. However, many women in developing countries have shown poor translation of knowledge regarding BPCR to practice. To identify the practice level for BPCR and explore the obstacles making the translation of BPCR knowledge to practice difficult among expectant mothers in Enugu Nigeria. This cross-sectional survey recruited 36 expectant mothers (mean age: 25.833 ± 3.12years) within 24-28weeks of pregnancy through a multistage sampling technique from selected pregnant women service centres in Oji-River Enugu, Nigeria. A Validated researchers' adapted questionnaire and observational checklist were used to collect data on their sociodemography and BPCR practices. Major findings revealed that BPCR practice level was generally poor (<50%) in most of the seven practice areas of BPCR except in the identification of a place for delivery (88.9%), arrangement for transportation (66.7%) and birth companion (77.8%). The Respondents’ occupation (p = 0.043) and monthly income (p = 0.003) had a significant influence on BPCR practice. Additionally, there were a consistent pattern of dominant influence on BPCR readiness by middle ages (25-30), secondary education, self-employed, ≤₦15,000 personal income, and having 1 to 3 children. Paucity of funds is an obstacle mainly inhibiting the translation of BPCR knowledge to practice. It is recommended that social welfare and government should improve BPCR by stepping in, to relieve the financial burden of childbirth.

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