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Table 2 Reproductive health characteristics of participants

From: Determinants of modern contraceptive use among postpartum women in two health facilities in urban Ghana: a cross-sectional study

Variable Frequency (n = 320) Percent
Number of past pregnancies
 1 64 20.0
 2 96 30.0
 3 88 27.5
 4 54 16.8
 More than 4 18 5.7
Number of children
 1 137 42.8
 2 101 31.6
 3 50 15.6
 4 26 8.1
 More than 4 6 1.9
Age of child
 3–5 months 98 30.6
 6–8 months 111 34.7
 9–11 months 75 23.4
 12–15 months 36 11.3
Desires to have another child
 No 116 36.3
 Yes 204 63.7
When next child is wanted N = 204  
 Within 21 months 33 16.2
 After 21 months 171 83.8
Ever used modern contraceptive
 No 177 55.3
 Yes 143 44.7
Last pregnancy planned/intended
 No 138 43.1
 Yes 183 56.9
Menstruated after delivery
 No 124 38.7
 Yes 196 61.3
Resumed sexual activity
 No 110 34.4
 Yes 210 65.6
Current modern contraceptive use
 No 236 73.7
 Yes 84 26.3
Discussed family planning with partner
 No 156 48.8
 Yes 164 51.2
Partners’ approval of modern contraception
 No 101 31.6
 Yes 111 34.7
 I do not know 108 33.7
Place of delivery
 Health facility 315 98.4
 home 5 1.6
Antenatal attendance
 No 8 2.5
 Yes 312 97.5
Number of antenatal attendance N = 312  
 Less than 8 visits 167 53.5
 8 or more visits 145 46.5
FP counselling at antenatal N = 312  
 No 80 25.6
 Yes 232 74.4
Postnatal attendance
 No 1 0.3
 Yes 319 99.7
Number of postnatal attendance N = 319  
 Less than 3 visits 29 9.1
 3 or more visits 290 90.9
FP counselling at postnatal N = 319  
 No 200 62.7
 Yes 119 37.3
Knowledge of side effects
 Low knowledge 108 33.8
 Moderate knowledge 155 48.4
 High knowledge 57 17.8
Knowledge of postpartum physiology
 Low knowledge 54 16.9
 Moderate knowledge 131 41
 High knowledge 135 42.1
Knowledge of FP methods available at health facility
 No 184 57.5
 Yes 136 42.5
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