Collections > Master's Papers > Gillings School of Public Health > A Study of the Association Between Women's Autonomy in the Family and their Access to Obstetric Health Services in Egypt

Objectives: Gender roles and cultural norms affect many aspects of women’s life including their health. This study examines the association between women’s autonomy over their health and their access to obstetric healthcare services in Egypt. The hypothesis is that women with positive autonomy indicators are more likely to use obstetric health services which include antenatal care, place of delivery, and postnatal care. Methods: The study included currently married women ages 15 to 49 years old from the 2014 Egypt Demographic Health Survey data. The analysis included bivariate regression and three multiple regression models for each service utilization indicator. Results: Multiple regression models showed that autonomy indicators retained some of their significance even after adjusting for age, education, work, residency, wealth, and birth order. Conclusions: A woman’s autonomy over her health affects her access to obstetric health service.