Factors associated with low utilization of family planning services among mothers attending MCH services at KIU Teaching Hospital, Bushenyi District

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
Every year Uganda loses about 6,000 women as a result of pregnancy related complications. A significant proportion of these deaths occur because women are not able to have healthy planned pregnancies. In Uganda, according to the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, 41% of married women wish to space their pregnancies but are reluctant to use FP. The objectives of the study were to determine the level of knowledge of mothers at KIU-TH regarding family planning services, to identify health facility related factors associated with accessibility of family planning services among mothers at KIU-TH, Bushenyi district and to identify the myth and misconceptions mothers have regarding family planning use The study design was a cross sectional and descriptive, and using quantitative approach. Results showed fear of side effects and some women believe FP is against their culture, and transport costs were the reasons for poor utilization of FP. According to the findings the following recommendations were suggested to be put in action to improve on the utilization of FP among women of reproductive age. They include; Sensitization seminars for women and husbands, and scale-up FP and opening up more health facility.
A research report submitted to Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board in partial fulfillment the requirements for the award of Diploma in Nursing Sciences
Family planning services utilization, Mothers attending MCH services, Kampala International University Teaching Hospital, Bushenyi District