ATTITUDE OF MOTHERS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA TOWARD CHILD DELIVERY OUTSIDE THE HEALTH FACILITY

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The pillars of family health are maternal and neonatal health services. However, childbirth remains one of the most serious health risks for women worldwide (Maternal Health Stuff, 2012), with seven million women worldwide affected by childbearing-related health issues. It is perplexing to consider that every day, 1,500 women die while giving birth (UNICEF, 2009). Every year, half a million mothers die as a result of this.

In Nigeria, a woman’s lifetime risk of dying is one in 38, compared to one in 2000 in the developed world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), progress toward improving maternal and neonatal health is currently “insufficient,” with little or no progress made over the past decade.