The cornerstones of family health are maternal and neonatal health services (Perinat, 2004). According to Maternal Health Stuff (2012), seven million women worldwide are impacted by health issues associated to childbearing, although childbirth continues to be one of the largest health concerns for women internationally. It is mind-boggling to learn that 1,500 women die each day while giving birth (UNICEF, 2009). That corresponds to 500,000 maternal deaths annually.
In Nigeria, women have a one in 38 lifetime chance of death compared to a one in 2000 risk in the industrialized world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been little to no improvement in maternal and newborn health over the past ten years, and current progress is “insufficient.” In addition,
A vital component of maternal health and infant survival is safe motherhood. However, giving birth outside of a medical facility exposes the woman and the baby to serious risks that could result in their deaths or in life-altering illnesses and deformities. Lack of disease immunization services and subsequent exposure of the infant to pathogens as a result of unsanitary circumstances at home can quickly result in neonatal mortality (Ministry of Health, 2004). Despite all the risks mentioned above, many moms in Amedokhian still choose to give birth outside of a medical facility. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine how moms in the Amedokhian community felt about giving birth outside of a medical facility. It was required to gather data on maternal and neonatal health to determine if this trend had been