Safe Motherhood Status in the Urban Slums of Davangere City

This study was formulated with an objective of studying the factors influencing the utilization of health services in the spectrum of antenatal, intranatal and postnatal periods of a mother.

Indian Journal of Community Medicine
Year : 2005, Volume : 30, Issue : 1
Print ISSN : 0970-218.

Safe Motherhood Status in the Urban Slums of Davangere City
Authors: Venkatesh R. R., Umakantha A. G., Yuvaraj J.
Deptt. of Community Medicine, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore

Research question
What is the extent of utilisation of health services by the mothers in the antenatal, intranatal and post natal period and what factors influence the same?

To study the factors influencing the utilisation of health services in te antenatal, intranatal and postnatal period.

Study design
Cross sectional study.

27 urban slums of Davangere city

All the mothers (n+510) who had delivery prior to 3 months from the initiation of the study.

Statistical analysis
Simple proportions, Z test, Chi-square test.

Only 35.9% of the women had utilised all the three services i.e., antenatal, intranatal and postnatal completely. The percentage of deliveries conducted by the trained attendants was 70.4% and 64.7% of the women had received at least one postnatal visit. The socio-demographic factors like literacy status, occupation, type of family, parity and an unwanted pregnancy were found to influence the pattern of utilisation.