Journal article

Factors influencing place of delivery for pastoralist women in Kenya: a qualitative study

Tanya Caulfield, Pamela Onyo, Abbey Byrne, John Nduba, Josephat Nyagero, Alison Morgan, Michelle Kermode

BMC WOMENS HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: Kenya's high maternal mortality ratio can be partly explained by the low proportion of women delivering in health facilities attended by skilled birth attendants (SBAs). Many women continue to give birth at home attended by family members or traditional birth attendants (TBAs). This is particularly true for pastoralist women in Laikipia and Samburu counties, Kenya. This paper investigates the socio-demographic factors and cultural beliefs and practices that influence place of delivery for these pastoralist women. METHODS: Qualitative data were collected in five group ranches in Laikipia County and three group ranches in Samburu County. Fifteen in-depth interviews were conducted: ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Mothers' Union of the Anglican Church Kenya, Health Ministries of Laikipia and Samburu counties, Lillian Piroris, John Ole Tingoi, Florence Nderitu, Phillip Walker, Natalie Stephens, and Jamie Han Chu for their support with the study. This study was funded by the Australian government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Commonwealth of Australia accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from reliance on any of the information or views contained in this publication.