Caesarean Section: Awareness, Perception and Acceptability of Caesarean Section Amongst Subrural Nigerian Parturients

Eifediyi R.A.1, Isabu P.1, Akhimiona V.1, Affusim C.C.2, Ikheloa J.1 and Njoku A.1

11Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria; 2Department of family medicine, Irrua Specialist Teaching hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14205/2309-4400.2015.03.01.2

Abstract: Introduction: Caesarean section is one of the commonest operations performed globally today and has contributed immensely to improvement in maternal care. Awareness, perception and acceptability of this procedure are still a concern in developing countries hence this study.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study aimed at the evaluation of the awareness, perception and acceptability of Caesarean section amongst antenatal attendees at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria.

Results: 332 (83%) were aware of the surgery and this was influenced by the respondents’ parity, marital status, occupation, level of education and previous Caesarean section. 275(75.9%) of those with formal education could correctly define Caesarean section. Sixty-four percent were in support of the procedure whereas 144(36%) were averse to it. Majority of the attendees 326 (81.5%) would readily accept Caesarean section when it becomes necessary to save their lives and unborn child, while 74(18.5%) would default.

Conclusion: There is still the need to broaden the reach on knowledge of caesarean delivery amongst the few who are ignorant of the consequences of not accepting or not being aware of the procedure when the need arise.

Keywords: Caesarean section, perception, acceptability.