Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021-10-04T03:15:58+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> Assessing the Knowledge, Use and Perception of Contraceptives among Senior High School Students in the Kumbungu District of Northern Ghana 2021-09-22T09:36:53+00:00 Frimpong Manso Patricia Aloba Nelsi Edem Kojo Dzantor Theophilus Adjeso Yaa Nyarko Agyeman <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Background: </strong>Senior high school students are faced with several sexual and reproductive health challenges and make decisions and choices based on their knowledge and perceptions of available sexual and reproductive health services. The study, therefore, assessed the knowledge, use, and perception of contraceptives among senior high school students in the Kumbungu District of the Northern Region of Ghana.</p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>We conducted a cross-sectional study involving 299 study participants through a multiple sampling approach comprising purposive, proportionate, and simple random sampling techniques.&nbsp; A pretested structured questionnaire was used to collect the data from the study participants. A descriptive and Pearson’s chi-square analyses were performed.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>The prevalence of contraceptive use was 23.2% with 55.9% of the study participants incorrectly defined contraceptives. The major source of information on contraceptives was from their peers (53.3%). Apart from condoms, knowledge on the remaining contraceptives methods was poorly understood by the participants. Common misperceptions on contraceptive use included infertility (50.0%), interference with sexual pleasure (37.9%), and promotion of promiscuity (32.3%). Statistically, we found significant differences between ever users of contraceptives and sex (<em>P&lt; 0.001</em>) and religion (<em>P=</em><em>0.026</em>). There was a significant difference between knowledge and perception (<em>P=0.010</em>).</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong><strong>:</strong> The study findings describe a seemly poor knowledge and misconceptions on the use of contraceptives among study participants. This is likely to affect the usage of contraceptives among adolescents and students in the Kumbungu District with a resultant effect on the rise of teenage pregnancies. Addressing the poor knowledge and misconception by stakeholders, including the Ghana Health Services and other NGO’s is therefore recommended.</p> 2021-09-22T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Antenatal Lived Experiences of Women who Delivered Preterm Babies at a Referral Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe 2021-10-04T03:15:58+00:00 Rachael Longwe Judith Rukweza Virgininia Mawerewere Clara Haruzivishe <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> A lived experience is normally an undervalued and complex phenomena in nursing and midwifery despite its crucial influence on maternal and birth outcomes. During antenatal&nbsp; care,&nbsp; health&nbsp; care&nbsp; providers&nbsp; tend&nbsp; to&nbsp; concentrate&nbsp; on&nbsp; the&nbsp; pregnancy&nbsp; at&nbsp; the&nbsp; expense&nbsp; of experiences that women go through. Research studies have also bias towards the medical perspective leaving out the experiences that occur during the antenatal period.</p> <p><strong>Aim:</strong> The aim of this study was to explore the antenatal lived experiences of women who delivered preterm babies.</p> <p><strong>Study Design:</strong> A descriptive phenomenological research design was employed to understand the diverse antenatal lived experiences.</p> <p><strong>Setting and Duration:</strong> Parirenyatwa Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital was the study site.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> All accessible women who delivered preterm babies between October, 2016 and March, 2017 with babies admitted in neonatal intensive care unit, Kangaroo care unit and those coming to preterm outpatient clinic were included in this study. Purposive sampling method was used to select the eligible participants. Audio recorded in-depth interviews using semi-structured interview guide were used to collect data. Thematic analysis was used to analyze data manually.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> Eleven women participated in this study. Their ages ranged from 17 to 42 years. The lowest level of education was primary (9%, n = 1) and highest being secondary (91%, n = 10). Three major themes came out, which included stressful life events, perceived mismanagement of physical problems and care and support. Support during antenatal period is crucial as it helps pregnant women to adjust and cope with life stressors and it helps them to have a smooth journey of pregnancy which leads to a healthy pregnancy outcome.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> Pregnant women are experiencing a variety of stressful life events. A holistic individualized approach comprising comprehensive history on experiences during pregnancy should be adopted to capture and detect adverse health symptoms early.</p> 2021-10-04T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##