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Table 2 Newborn care practice of postnatal mothers at Dessie referral Hospital, Northeast Ethiopia, 2018

From: Newborn care practices and its determinants among postnatal mothers in Dessie Referral Hospital, Northeast Ethiopia

Variables Category Frequency Percent (%)
Where was the baby placed before the placenta was delivered? On the mother’s abdomen 286 68.4
On clean surface 128 30.6
Other 4 1.0
What instrument was used to cut the cord after delivery? New or boiled blade 196 46.9
Old and un boiled blade 6 1.4
Don’t know 214 51.2
Othera 2 0.5
What did you do to the umbilical stump after the cord is cut? (n = 418) Cover with cloth 234 56.0
Uncover, keep dry and clean 110 26.3
I do not know 74 17.7
Did anybody apply anything on the stump after the baby’s cord was cut? Yes 10 2.4
No 408 97.6
If yes, what was applied? (n = 10) Butter 2 20.0
Vaseline 8 80.0
What did you do to keep your baby warm? (n = 418) Skin to skin contact 75 18.0
Wrapped the baby in a cloth immediately 338 80.8
Both 5 1.2
What was the first feed you gave to the baby immediately after delivery? Breast milk 406 97.1
Cow milk 4 1.0
Formula feed 2 0.5
Otherb 6 1.4
When did you start breastfeeding after delivery?) Immediately 141 33.7
30 min to 1 h 210 50.3
Other 67 16.0
Do you clean your breast and hands before breastfeeding the baby? (n = 418) Yes 364 87.1
No 54 12.9
How often did you breastfeed your baby in a day? 8–12 times 257 61.5
On-demand 158 37.8
Don’t breastfeed 3 0.7
When did you start bathing your baby after birth? Immediately after birth 9 2.1
After 6 h of birth 24 5.8
After 1 day of birth 317 75.8
Otherc 68 16.3
Was your baby immunized at birth? Yes 97 23.2
No 321 76.8
Overall newborn care practice Good 196 46.9
Poor 222 53.1
  1. aScissors and locally available materials
  2. bWater, butter
  3. cAfter 5 days, 7 days and did not remember