This study identified the factors that influence women’s choice of elective cesarean sections in the Duayaw Nkwanta Hospital.
This study used a descriptive cross-sectional survey method to collect data from 78 post-cesarean section women above age 18. The research used a whole population sampling method to trace respondents to their homes to administer a pretested questionnaire. Data were double-entered into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, compared, cleaned, and transported to SPSS version 21. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics with a Pearson correlation test.
Post-caesarean section women indicated CS is a pain-free birth method while 57.1% reported CS is safe for both mother and baby. Others chose CS based on a friend’s advice and 19.2% on religious advice. The relationship between the respondents’ age and the number of times of having CS showed a weak positive correlation. There was a significant positive correlation between the respondents’ average monthly income and the number of times of having a CS birth.
There must be heightened interest in educating mothers on the associated benefits and risks of elective cesarean sections as a method of birthing by nurses and midwives in the antenatal clinics.