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AN ASSESSMENT OF FETAL LOSS AMONG CURRENTLY MARRIED WOMEN IN INDIA
Authors: S. RAJARAM, LISA K. ZOTTARELLI and T. S. SUNIL
Source: Journal of Biosocial Science, 2008 Nov 28:1-19.
Topic(s): Abortion
Health
Pregnancy outcomes
Reproductive health
Stillbirths
Country: Asia
  India
Published: NOV 2008
Abstract: The present paper assesses fetal loss among currently married women in India. In addition, the effects of social, economic, demographic and health factors on fetal loss are studied. The study uses data from the second National Family Health Survey conducted in India during 1998–2000. The results show wide variations in fetal loss (induced abortion, spontaneous abortion and still-birth) measures across the country. The importance of mother’s nutritional status, birth spacing, risky behaviours such as smoking, drinking and chewing tobacco and age at marriage for pregnancy outcomes in India is also discussed. The study results imply a broad understanding of reproductive health in India, and emphasize the importance of widening the scope of community-based reproductive health education programmes to improve the reproductive health of women.