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Disabled women׳s maternal and newborn health care in rural Nepal: a qualitative study.
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    Morrison J, Basnet M, Budhathoki B, Adhikari D, Tumbahangphe K, Manandhar D, Costello A, Groce N
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    1132, 1139
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    Access, Disability, Equity, Neonatal, Quality, Respectful care, Disabled Persons, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Home Childbirth, Humans, Maternal-Child Health Services, Nepal, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, Qualitative Research, Rural Population
OBJECTIVE: there is little evidence about disabled women׳s access to maternal and newborn health services in low-income countries and few studies consult disabled women themselves to understand their experience of care and care seeking. Our study explores disabled women׳s experiences of maternal and newborn care in rural Nepal. DESIGN: we used a qualitative methodology, using semi-structured interviews. SETTING: rural Makwanpur District of central Nepal. PARTICIPANTS: we purposively sampled married women with different impairments who had delivered a baby in the past 10 years from different topographical areas of the district. We also interviewed maternal health workers. We compared our findings with a recent qualitative study of non-disabled women in the same district to explore the differences between disabled and non-disabled women. FINDINGS: married disabled women considered pregnancy and childbirth to be normal and preferred to deliver at home. Issues of quality, cost and lack of family support were as pertinent for disabled women as they were for their non-disabled peers. Health workers felt unprepared to meet the maternal health needs of disabled women. KEY CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: integration of disability into existing Skilled Birth Attendant training curricula may improve maternal health care for disabled women. There is a need to monitor progress of interventions that encourage institutional delivery through the use of disaggregated data, to check that disabled women are benefiting equally in efforts to improve access to maternal health care.
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