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Factors associated with Utilization of maternal health care n Tamilnadu and Bihar


  • Ashima Mahajan
  • Agency : Maternal Health, Recent Birth, Health Services, Toxoid Vaccine
  • Objective : The study focuses on most recent births to ever married women that took place during the five years prior to the date of the survey.
  • Background : Not Available
  • Methodology : This study was based on secondary data. Chi-Square model has been used to estimate the effect of association of various background characteristics on the utilization of maternal health services viz., full antenatal care which as a variable includes tetanus toxoid vaccine, Iron-Folic acid tablets/syrup and the number of antenatal care visits and safe delivery.
  • Findings : The   study   indicates   that   determinants   of maternal health care services are not same across states and for different maternal health care indicators. Although women with no education were less likely to use maternal health care services; the difference among the educated is not  much  marked.  The  level  of  utilization  of  maternal health care services was found to be extremely different for both states, if it is highest in Tamil Nadu, for Bihar it stands at an opposite side of the scale. Part of the interstate differences in utilization is likely to be due to differences in  availability  and  accessibility  among  the  two  Indian states. Results from this study indicate that an increase in the literacy level of females and their husbands and more prosperous economic condition, thereby raising their standard of living might play a pivotal role in increasing the utilization of maternal health services in Bihar, and an increase in the women’s decision making levels would be an boon for women across the country.
  • Recommendations : A sizeable reduction in Maternal Mortality is very much possible for India but needs full Political and Societal Commitment.
The study focuses on most recent births to ever married women that took place during the five years prior to the date of the survey