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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 482-486

Status and determinants of birth preparedness and complication readiness in a rural block of Haryana

1 Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Pt B D Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
3 Senior Resident, BPS Medical College, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, Haryana, India

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Dr. Srishti Singh
Department of Community Medicine, Pt B D Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_372_18

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Introduction: Pregnancy and motherhood is a physiological phenomenon. However, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day. Birth preparedness and complication readiness (BPACR) improves preventive behavior and improves knowledge of mothers about danger signs. Objective: The objective of the study is to assess the status and sociodemographic determinants of BPACR among the women who have experienced motherhood recently. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out among 200 women in a rural block of Haryana over a period of 6 months. The tool used to collect data was adapted from survey tools of Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynaecology and Obstetrics/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program. Results: BPACR index came out to be 66.93 and 58.5% women were well prepared for BPACR. Education and occupation of participants, education of participant's husband, socioeconomic status, and caste were found to be significantly associated with BPACR. Conclusion: BPACR is a comprehensive strategy to ensure safer pregnancy and motherhood. Providing educational and skill acquisition opportunities for rural women for their empowerment and increasing their role in decision-making are imperative in order to improve BPACR and promote utilization of skilled attendants at every delivery.

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