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Journal of Womens Health Care
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Research Article

Obstructed Labor in South East Nigeria Revisited: A Multi-Centre Study on Maternal Socio-Demographic and Clinical Correlates

Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye1*, Ike Dimejesi1, Robinson Onoh2, Okorochukwu Bartholomew3, Michael Ezeanochie4 and Collins Kalu1

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki, Nigeria

3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Nigeria

4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital Benin-city, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author:
Dr Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye
Department of obstetrics and gynaecology
Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
Tel: 2348037971503
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: March 01, 2014; Accepted date: April 23, 2014; Published date: April 29, 2014

Citation: Adeoye IS, Dimejesi I, Onoh R, Bartholomew O, Ezeanochie M, et al. (2014) Obstructed Labor in South East Nigeria Revisited: A Multi-Centre Study on Maternal Socio-Demographic and Clinical Correlates. J Women’s Health Care 3:160. doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.1000160

Copyright: © 2014 Adeoye IS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: The objective was to identify the characteristics of women who developed obstructed labor, the facilities where they were managed before the progress of labor became obstructed labor and also identify short term morbidities associated with the condition. This study was necessitated by the burden of obstetric fistula reported in this population previously thought not to have the challenge.

Setting: The study was conducted in 3 tertiary centers including the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state University Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centre Owerri. Population: This study involved 225 consecutive parturient managed for obstructed labor in 3 tertiary hospitals in southeast Nigeria.

Method: This was a retrospective study conducted between January 2004 and December 2008.

Results: Most of the women were between 20-34 years old and more than half (55.1%) had only primary or no formal education. About 33% have not delivered before, while about one quarter (26.7%) had 5 or more previous deliveries. Majority (62.7%) were managed in private maternity homes before referral while 27.6% were referred from informal care providers like churches. Most women (55.6%) spent between 24-47 hours in labour before they were referred. Emergency caesarean section was performed in 81.8% of cases while repair of uterine rupture was done in 11.6%. When asked about the place of their last delivery 25.3% reported it was at an informal provider’s facility while 27 (12%) were in private maternities.

Conclusion: There is need to eliminate the existence and patronage of informal maternity care providers while strengthening the capacity of private maternity facilities to manage labor in order to reduce the problem of obstructed labor.


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