The World Health Organization has declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic a global public health emergency. However, documentation on its implication on the provision of skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth in low and middle-income countries like Nigeria is limited. Therefore, this study assessed the reported effect of the pandemic on the provision of skilled antenatal and delivery care among nurses and midwives in Ibadan, Nigeria. A descriptive study was conducted using a quantitative approach. A validated questionnaire was used to collect data from randomly selected 121 nurses and midwives in the selected hospitals. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 25.0. Descriptive analysis was done using percentages, and Pearson correlation was used to assess the association between respondents’ years of experience and the perceived influence of COVID-19 on the provision of maternal health services.Findings showed 82.6% and 53.7% of the respondents reported a reduced number of antenatal visits and shorter services hour respectively. Also, 57.9% and 66.1% of the respondents reported restricted interaction with clients and reduced patronage respectively. Also, 66.9% of the respondents reported limited admission facilities during labor. There is no significant relationship between the years of experience of the respondents and the perceived influence of COVID-19 on the provision of antenatal/delivery care with a correlation coefficient (r = 0.137) and significant value of (p-value = 0.068). The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic affected the provision of skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth. Accessibility to skilled antenatal and delivery care was reduced among pregnant women.
Citation: Adetunji O.O., Akinwaare M.O., Ogbeye G.B. (2022) Reported Effects of Coronavirus Disease Pandemic on Provision of Skilled Antenatal and Delivery Care Among Nurses and Midwives in Ibadan, Nigeria, International Journal of Nursing, Midwife and Health Related Cases, Vol.8, No.4, pp.30-44