Examining the Implementation and Relevance of the Skilled Birth Attendance Policy to Pregnant Women in Rural Uganda: A Case Study of Kibuku Health Center IV, Kibuku District

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Uganda Christian University
The Skilled Birth Attendance Policy is the main strategy being used to ensure a reduction in maternal mortality in Uganda for achieving SDG3. Despite the policy, maternal mortality rates remain high in Uganda. This study aimed at examining the implementation and relevance of the Skilled Birth Attendance Policy to pregnant women in rural Uganda. The study used qualitative and quantitative methods and analysed data using Stata 14. The findings revealed that Kibuku HCIV was not well equipped and pregnant women were also not well prepared for skilled birth attendance. Over 70% had not been informed about birth and complication preparedness by a health worker and only 39% had prepared for emergencies that could occur in the current pregnancy though 88% had a positive attitude towards skilled birth attendance. The study recommends that policy implementation reforms should be made to ensure the policy interventions benefit more women and reduce maternal mortality.