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Perceptions, knowledge and health seeking behaviour about danger signs in pregnancy among women of reproductive age in Ife-Ijesha zone, Nigeria

Abiola Alabi, Obafemi Awolowo University

The fertility rate and the incidence of danger signs in pregnancy are high among women of reproductive age (15-49) in NIgeria, but use of reproductive health services as part of health behaviour tenets is relative low. Information about their perceptions and health seeking behaviour are needed for the design of women-friendly programs. A multi stage sampling techniques was used in selecting women within this category. Information required was obtained using Structured questionnaires and Thirty-eight focus group discussions were conducted among women of reproductive age who have had at least one pregnancy and seeking antenatal care in major hospitals and health centres in Ife-Ijesha zone. The discussions explored the women' perceptions of danger signs and health seeking behavior among their peers, their recognition and opinion of pregnancy related risks and their preferred means of preventing and treating the risks.

Presented in Poster Session 4