Health seeking behavior during pregnancy and child birth among Muslim women of Biratnagar, Nepal.

B. R. Pokhrel, P. Sharma, B. Bhatta, B. Bhandari, N. Jha

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Abstract

Maternal mortality remains one of the biggest public health challenges in Nepal. This paper explores the health seeking behavior, during pregnancy and child birth in certain ethnic group. The poverty, illiteracy, women's low status in the society, lack of access and difficult geographical terrain are major reasons for poor maternal health status in Nepal. Cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 Muslim women of ward # 7 of Biratnagar municipality. They were interviewed to understand their health seeking behavior during pregnancy and childbirth, factors associated with use of health services and their role in the family. Information's on usages of health services, education level, family stricture, and occupational status, information were collected using a pretested and structured questionnaire. The overall institutional delivery in study population was found 24.5%. Low socio-economic status, Illiteracy and poverty in women are the major challenging features of pregnancy and child birth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalNepal Medical College journal : NMCJ
Volume14
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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