Determinants for Postpartum Care of Women in Rakhine State, Myanmar: A Descriptive Cross-sectional Study

Author(s): Thiri Thazin Khine, Yothin Sawangdee

Background: The maternal mortality ratio of Rakhine State is cited as being the highest level among the states of Myanmar. In contrast, the usage of healthcare providers for the delivery process is at the lowest rate in the Union. Therefore, this study sought to investigate the factors influencing women from Rakhine State in receiving postpartum care from healthcare providers.

Methods: Information from 278 women aged from 15 to 49 years collected from the Myanmar Demographic Health Survey (2015-2016) was used for this descriptive cross-sectional study. Binary logistic regression was likewise employed.

Results: Among the 104 cases receiving postpartum care, only 42 cases were home deliveries. Maternal health knowledge status, the role of healthcare providers, and places of delivery, rather than socioeconomic status and social structure, were the most essential factors in promoting postpartum care status The employment status of women also influenced their postpartum care receiving status positively.

Conclusion: By strengthening the health care system setting and promoting the job efficacy of women, the post-delivery care status of Rakhine state can be improved and the maternal death after childbirth can be reduced to reach the sustainable development goals.

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