Table 5

Reasons for choice of planned and unplanned home deliveries

Reason given

Planned

Unplanned

Total


Preference for home delivery

36

-

36 (15)

Home delivery is easy and convenient

30

-

30 (12.5)

All my previous deliveries were at home

25

-

25(10.4)

Hospital is too far

12

4

16(6.7)

Worries about cost in the hospital

10

8

18(7.5)

Financial problems at home

7

2

9(3.7)

Family members prefer home delivery

5

1

6(2.5)

Fear of hospital

6

-

6(2.5)

Health worker lives close to house

3

-

3(1.2)

Precipitate labor*

-

51

51(21.3)

Lack of transport during labor

-

18

18(7.5)

Lack of escort during labor

-

11

11(4.6)

Onset of labor before the expected date

-

4

4(1.7)

Other reasons

6

1

7(2.9)

Total

140

100

240


Figures in parentheses indicate percentage

* Precipitate labor: Labor that results in rapid expulsion of fetus

Sreeramareddy et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2006 6:27   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-6-27

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