A Cross Sectional Study on the Preference for Natural Childbirth among Pre-Marital Women in the Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Journal of Gynecology and Womens Health
Natural childbirth has raised concerns among healthcare providers on its safety and outcomes since many decades ago. Aiming for a safer birth and healthy baby is a dream among all expectant mothers to be. The aim of this study is to measure the prevalence of inclination towards natural childbirth among pre-marital women. A cross-sectional study using guided self-administered questionnaire conducted in Kuala Lumpur from June-August 2016. There were 360 respondents proportionately recruited from
... ely recruited from premarital courses and the office of the Registrar of Marriages, National Registration Department of Kuala Lumpur. The selection criteria for the study were Malaysian, premarital stage, reproductive age, understood English or Malay Language. Questionnaires distributed after the selected study sites gave permission, and respondents consented. The natural birth defined as childbirth without medical intervention. Majority of respondents (94%) were aware on natural birth. Nearly half of the total respondents (40.5%) preferred natural childbirth as the method of delivery, 59.5% preferred medical intervention. Bivariate analysis showed that strong individual perception of natural childbirth and strong family influences factors (p-value < 0.05) determining an inclination towards natural childbirth. Socio-demographic factors were not significant to preference for natural birth. Maternal health information seeking intervention needs to enhance raising public awareness on safe motherhood, and promote health information on choosing the right birth method. Providing premarital course is an alternative way to disseminate the right information to promote safe childbirth to women of reproductive age.