Predictors of decision making about childbirth setting in the southeast of Iran: home or hospital
Mahmoud Ghazi Tabatabaie
Zhila Abed Saeedi
Abou Ali Vedadhir
MetadataShow full item record
© 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Aim: This study is designed to explore how childbirth setting (homebirth or hospital birth) can be predicted by independent variables. Subjects and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 380 mothers who had planned home or hospital births within the past 6 months in Zahedan city in the southeast of Iran. Logistic regression analysis was performed on the data, which were collected by an interview-led questionnaire. Results: Bivariate analysis showed that men’s occupation, health insurance coverage, affordability of the hospital costs, the number of living children, a previous history of homebirth, social adherence, belief in medical care, and final score of preference for hospital, including opposition to hospital and a preference for home or opposition to home, appear as significant factors in decision making regarding the (home or hospital) childbirth setting. Conclusion: Decision making about childbirth setting among women depends on their socio-economic status and perceived quality of care. Overall, suitable and available childbirth services with the women’s perceived quality of care and a comprehensive understanding of how to decide about childbirth setting, which is made at a local level, can lead to more appropriate services and utilization of available childbirth services.