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DETERMINANTS OF ANTENATAL AND POST-NATAL CARE AMONG WOMEN IN CHUADANGA DISTRICT, BANGLADESH

Swapna Biswas*, Sormin Sultana Parvin, Foyzunnasa and Afroja Khatun

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Background: Antenatal and postnatal care services are the most effective interventions to improve maternal health and prevent maternal and infant deaths. The Government of Bangladesh (GOB) has undertaken some initiatives to improve maternal health services such as implementation of community health clinic, campaigning to increase awareness, demand side financing etc. Materials & Methods: It was a cross sectional study conducted in chuadanga district. A total of 300 participants took part in the study form June to December 2018. Data were collected by face to face interview using semi structured questionnaire. Results: More than half of the respondents (8.3% were aged 20-25 years. About 83% of women did not have at least four antenatal visits during their last birth, only 5 had at least four antenatal visits during their last birth. Here, 34% of respondents gave birth in their home; while 68.3% respondents had their last delivery with the assistants of a trained person Most of the respondents 82.0% didn’t receiving postnatal care during their last birth. Conclusion: Assessment of overall health facilities of a society as well as a country like Bangladesh, maternal morbidity and maternal health seeking behaviors’ are powerful indicator which influenced by various socio-demographic factors.

Keywords: Antenatal care, postnatal care, morbidity, mortality, safe motherhood.


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