Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish&nbsp;high-quality&nbsp;papers (<a href="/index.php/AJPCB/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all aspects of&nbsp;‘Pregnancy and Childbirth’. The journal welcomes papers on breastfeeding, labor, maternal health, maternity care, the biomedical aspects of pregnancy, trends&nbsp;and sociological aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. This journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct, scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.</p> Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth en-US Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth Maternal Influences Contributing to under 5 Years Child Malnutrition in Insiza District, Matebeleland South, Zimbabwe <p><strong>Introduction: </strong>Malnutrition remains a childhood scourge in Sub Saharan Africa, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe and in the Insiza District, in particular. With its rich mineral (gold) deposits, robust animal husbandry agricultural industry, varied ecosystems and tourist attraction sites, the district has great potential support self-sufficiency of its population. However, there is a cause of concern as &lt;5-year-olds malnutrition and stunting remain a threat to their lives. The maternal contributions to malnutrition was investigated to explicate underlying attributes of the condition.</p> <p><strong>Materials and Methods: </strong>A mixed method approach, where both qualitative and quantitative research methods were used to prompt and describe in-depth caregivers’ involvement in elements associated with malnutrition and stunting among the &lt;5-year-olds. The quantitative data collection allowed for the quantification of certain maternal attributes on malnutrition on &lt;5-year-olds. Both probability and purposive sampling were used in the study.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Maternal associated factors were observed to contribute towards malnutrition amongst infants in Insiza District. Majority respondents with malnourished &lt;5-year-olds attended FANC (95%), however, late at 7-9 months (38%), at 4-6 months (37%) while 25% were early at 1-3months of pregnancy. For post-natal care, majority of women (77%) visited the health facility as per the stated dates while most male partners (83%) did not accompany their partners to FANC visits. The majority of children were breastfed (97%) with majority initiating the process within the hour of birth 93.1% and 86% not exclusively breastfed. Knowledge of two breastfeeding benefits was 53% prevalent, 27% knew more than two and 20% knew one. The respondents travelled 5-10 kM (50%), 15% &gt;10 kM and 13% stayed within 2 kM. Most children did not receive immunization (56.7%).</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>The respondents cited that the healthy facility is too far from the furthest village, religious practices, less milk produced by the mother as reasons on maternal factors which contribute to malnutrition. The community knows benefits of breastfeeding but are not practicing exclusive breastfeeding with complementary feeding within six months of birth due to lack of dietary diversity. Immunization was not practiced by the majority respondents.</p> Beauty Ncube Greanious Alfred Mavondo Judith Audrey Chamisa ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-05-18 2020-05-18 1 25 An Analysis of Factors Contributing to Late Focused Antenatal Clinic (FANC) Booking for Pregnant Women Attending Hartcliffe Polyclinic in Harare, Zimbabwe <p><strong>Introduction: </strong>Expectant mothers are recommended and encouraged to book for focused antenatal care on or before the 12<sup>th</sup> week of pregnancy or within the first trimester to prevent or manage pregnancy-associated challenges. Booking late is when a pregnant woman reports for focused antenatal care for the first time after the first trimester. Focused antennal care is an individualized and quality care provided to pregnant woman for good outcomes. Antenatal care registers at Hartcliffe Polyclinic indicated that the majority of pregnant women were booking late for antenatal care which means they booked after the first trimester against the recommendations. Booking late in pregnancy suggests missed antenatal care as the woman is unlikely to have the recommended visits required of that pregnancy.&nbsp; Without focused antenatal care, the wellbeing of the mother and <em>in-utero </em>child may be potentially to be negatively impacted. This study aims to establish the major factors that lead to late booking for focused antenatal care. Unmasking these factors may be an important precursor-step which may provide insight and trigger thoughts around mitigating strategies, which potentially will promote early booking for focused antenatal care services.</p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>Fifty pregnant women, who had booked late for focused antenatal care, were randomly selected to participate in the study. Questionnaires were used to collect data from the participants and quantitative methods were used for data analysis.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>The majority of the pregnant women were not aware of the correct time of booking for focused antenatal care and were not aware of the recommended number of clinic visits per pregnancy. The major factors suggested to lead to late-booking were financial challenges, attitude of health personnel, quality of health service, further to cultural and religious beliefs.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Lack of knowledge, age, level of education, marital status, parity, financial difficulties, bad attitude and some cultural beliefs were noted to be the main drivers of late booking. It is envisaged that in future, if these main factors are addressed, potentially an increase in pregnant women registering early for FANC may proportionally be achieved.</p> Nyasha Christina Nyereyemhuka Greanious Alfred Mavondo Obadiah Moyo Francis Farai Mkhwanazi, Blessing Nkazimulo Ottiniel Chavani Audrey Judith Chamisa ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-05-26 2020-05-26 26 45