Postpartum Haemorrhage and Eclampsia: Differences in Knowledge and Care-seeking Behaviour in Two Districts of Bangladesh

  • Nahid Kalim Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
  • Iqbal Anwar Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
  • Jasmin Khan Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
  • Lauren S Blum Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
  • Allisyn C Moran Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
  • Roslin Botlero Women?s Health Program, Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Marge Koblinsky 4John Snow Inc., Arlington
Keywords: Beliefs, Care-seeking behaviour, Maternal mortality, Postpartum haemorrhage, Eclampsia, Qualitative research, Bangladesh

Abstract

In high- and low-performing districts of Bangladesh, the study explored the demand-side of maternal healthcare by looking at differences in perceived knowledge and care-seeking behaviours of women in relation to postpartum haemorrhage or eclampsia. Haemorrhage and eclampsia are two major causes of maternal mortality in Bangladesh. The study was conducted during July 2006-December 2007. Both postpartum bleeding and eclampsia were recognized by women of different age-groups as severe and life-threatening obstetric complications. However, a gap existed between perception and actual care-seeking behaviours which could contribute to the high rate of maternal deaths associated with these conditions. There were differences in care-seeking practices among women in the two different areas of Bangladesh, which may reflect sociocultural differences, disparities in economic and educational opportunities, and a discrimination in the availability of care.

Key words: Beliefs; Care-seeking behaviour; Maternal mortality; Postpartum haemorrhage; Eclampsia; Qualitative research; Bangladesh

doi: 10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3328

J Health Popul Nutr 2009 April;27(2):156-169

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Author Biographies

Nahid Kalim, Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
Ms Nahid Kalim
Research Investigator
Reproductive Health Unit
Public Health Sciences Division
ICDDR,B
GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000
Bangladesh
Email: kanti@icddrb.org
Jasmin Khan, Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
American Embassy Kinshasa, Unit 2220, Box 178, DPO, AE 09828-0178, USA
Lauren S Blum, Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, Dhaka
American Embassy Kinshasa, Unit 2220, Box 178, DPO, AE 09828-0178, USA
How to Cite
Kalim, N., Anwar, I., Khan, J., Blum, L., Moran, A., Botlero, R., & Koblinsky, M. (1). Postpartum Haemorrhage and Eclampsia: Differences in Knowledge and Care-seeking Behaviour in Two Districts of Bangladesh. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27(2), 156-169. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i2.3328
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