|Year : 1976 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 140-146
Some aspects of social obstetrics
Vinodini P Desai, Vijaya R Bhalerao, DN Pai
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Seth G. S. Medical College, Parel, Bombay-400 012., India
The effects of environmental and social factors on reproductive performance were studied. 664 General hospital patients (Group A) were compared with 207' private hospital patients (Group B). The data was analysed statistically. Mean age of marriage in Group B was higher than in Group A. No difference was observed in the spacing between the last child and present delivery. Previous reproductive loss such as abortions, still-births, neo-natal death rate and child-mortality was higher in Group A.. In present deliveries, the percentage of low birth weight babies was higher in Group A than in Group B. The nuclear type of family, poor state of housing, less per capita space available and hard work increased the incidence of low birth weight babies and mortality in Group A. Higher percentage of mothers with medical complications was observed in Group A which adversely affected birthweight and mortality.
Awareness and favourable attitude towards antenatal and postnatal care and Family planning practice was less in Group A.
Vinodini P Desai
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Seth G. S. Medical College, Parel, Bombay-400 012.
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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