Maternal mortality in rural Bangladesh: the Jamalpur District.


During the 12-month period from September 1982 to August 1983, 9,317 live births and 58 maternal deaths were recorded in Melanda and Islampur upazilas in the Jamalpur district of rural Bangladesh, giving a maternal mortality rate of 62.3 per 10,000 live births. Maternal mortality was positively related to maternal age and parity, with the mortality risk rising very sharply beyond age 35 years, and beyond parity four among women aged 25-34 years in particular. The most common causes of maternal death were eclampsia (20.7 percent), septic abortion (20.7 percent), postpartum sepsis (10.3 percent), obstructed labor (10.3 percent), and antepartum and postpartum hemorrhage (10.3 percent). These findings indicate that family planning, by decreasing the likelihood of pregnancy after age 35 and parity four, can help reduce the proportion of women at risk of maternal mortality.

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@article{Khan1986MaternalMI, title={Maternal mortality in rural Bangladesh: the Jamalpur District.}, author={Asif R. Khan and Fahmida Jahan and SK. FARZANA BEGUM}, journal={Studies in family planning}, year={1986}, volume={17 1}, pages={7-12} }