Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021-03-13T08:53:43+00:00 Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth Open Journal Systems <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> Effect of Health Education on Utilization of Safe Motherhood Services among Women of Reproductive Age in Rivers-East Senatorial District 2021-03-10T06:09:55+00:00 Goodluck Azuonwu Comfort Emma Elechi Wondikom Fortune Uloma <p>Proper utilization of safe motherhood services helps to improve maternal well-being, enhances healthy pregnancy and safe delivery outcomes thereby reducing maternal mortality. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of health education on utilization of safe motherhood services among women of reproductive age in Rivers-East Senatorial District. The study adopted the quasi-experimental research design. The population for the study consisted of 567,861 women within the ages of 15-49 years. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select a sample size of 400 for the study. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire with a reliability index of 0.75. Data was analysed using mean, standard deviation and eta square statistics to answer the research questions while t-test was used to test the hypothesis.&nbsp; The result of the study showed that health education had a significant effect on the utilization of safe motherhood service (eta= 0.39, p&lt;0.05). The result of the study revealed that respondents in the intervention group had a mean score of 53.80, SD=10.26. It was concluded that health education had a significant large effect on the utilization of safe motherhood services among women in the study location. It was recommended amongst others that the State government in collaboration with the local government areas provide functional health education units in the health facilities and at community levels to make health education on maternal health a continuous activity in order to enhance the utilization of the services by women of reproductive age as a strategy to reduce maternal deaths. Also healthcare professionals should incorporate health education in their effort to promote the utilization of maternal healthcare services thereby improving the overall health and wellbeing of women.</p> 2021-03-10T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Trend of Birth Spacing Impact on Physical Growth of Children under Age Five: An Analysis Based on Bangladesh Demographic and Health Surveys 2021-03-13T08:48:57+00:00 Mithun Kumar Acharjee Md. Nuruzzaman Forhad Kumer Pial Das <p>Physical growth and development of a young child is vital for quality of life, attaining good health, and national productivity. Physical growth and development during the first few years of life is influenced by many factors including birth spacing. This study was aimed to assess the impact of birth spacing on two indices of physical growth and development (stunting and underweight-also considered as malnutrition) of young children using the data from four of the most recent national-level demographic and health surveys in Bangladesh known as Bangladesh Demography and Health Surveys. Bivariate models have been employed to examine the impact of a number of background characteristics on stunting and underweight of children. These background characteristics include birth spacing, mother’s age, education, BMI, wealth index, place of residence, access to media, ANC visit, and breastfeeding duration. To understand the potential confounding impact of these background characteristics on the relationship between birth spacing and physical growth and development of young children, two logistic regression models are considered. The adjusted odds ratios were estimated which provide ideas of the dynamics between the predictors. Moreover, time series analysis has been employed to predict the stunting and underweight status of young children in Bangladesh. The analysis of physical growth and development provides researchers and policymakers valuable tools to understand the nutritional status of young children.&nbsp; The analysis shows that variables such as mother’s education, mother’s age, wealth index, ANC visit, and breast feeding duration vastly influence both stunting and underweight.&nbsp; Available resources should be offered to address these covariates.</p> 2021-03-13T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Relationship between Placenta Location with Occurrence of Pre-Eclampsia: A Single Centre Study in Port Harcourt, Nigeria 2021-03-13T08:53:43+00:00 N. Dick G. Bassey E. W. Ugboma <p><strong>Background:</strong>Over the years, several screening tests have been developed, yet none is clinically useful for the prediction of pre-eclampsia. Currently, biochemical and biophysical markers of abnormal placentation are being studied as a link to the pathogenesis of pre-eclampsia.</p> <p><strong>Objectives: </strong>The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between the type of placentalocation determined by the use of ultrasound scan and occurrence of pre-eclampsia.</p> <p><strong>Methodology: </strong>The study was carried out at the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH). Women admitted with the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia as well as those without pre-eclampsia at 28 to 42 weeks of gestation who satisfied the eligibility criteria, and consented for the study were enrolled. A structured proforma was used to obtain relevant information from the participants. Data was entered and analysed with SPSS Statistics for windows, version 20. Results were presented infrequency tables. Chi square and student ‘t’ test were used to respectively compare discrete and continuous variables with p value &lt; 0.05 set as significant.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>The results showed that majority 41 (75%) of women with pre-eclampsia had the severe form of the disorder and majority 35 (65%) were referrals from peripheral health centres. Generally, the most common 42 (38.2%) placenta location was anterior placenta. The majority 26 (47.27%) of womenwithout pre-eclampsia had anterior placenta and the relationship was significant, p = 0.0049, (OR 0.45; 95% CI 0.20 – 1.00). While the majority 18 (32.73%)of women with pre-eclampsia had posterior placenta, p = 0.1298, (OR 1.94; 95% CI: 0.81 – 4.63). Lateral placenta was observed in 9 (16.3%) of women with pre-eclampsia, and the association with pre-eclampsia was significant, p = 0.0017.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Ultrasound location of the placenta is relatively safe and cost effective. Lateral placenta may be another risk factor for pre-eclampsia and its detection may raise the index of suspicion for the risk of pre-eclampsia. This may enhance early and prompt institution of preventive measures in order to improve outcome.</p> 2021-03-13T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Facilitators and Barriers to Breastfeeding in Asian American Women: A Review of the Literature 2021-02-20T04:33:05+00:00 Ratchanok Phonyiam Diane C. Berry <p>This review article summarizes the current literature on facilitators and barriers to breastfeeding in Asian American women and provides future research directions. PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science, and PsycInfo databases were searched for original qualitative or quantitative studies published in English. Reviews and consensus statements were excluded. Findings were synthesized by configuration and a bottom-up approach to thematically formulate the findings. A vote-counting method was used to summarize the results across the studies selected. A total of eight studies were selected. The review included 222 Asian women living in the United States. Our review focused on three themes: (i) cultural and traditional practices that influence breastfeeding; (ii) facilitators to breastfeeding; and (iii) barriers to breastfeeding. This review highlighted several areas in need of further research in Asian American women who have an early cessation of breastfeeding and less access to breastfeeding support services. The differences in cultural beliefs among Asian women who have migrated from different countries indicated no singular belief system. A culturally sensitive and family-centered approach in addressing critical barriers and promoting key facilitators of breastfeeding in Asian American women is needed.</p> 2021-02-17T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##