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Table 4 Women’s perception on maternal complications, by study areas

From: Changes in the selected reproductive health indicators among married women of reproductive age in low performing areas of Bangladesh: findings from an evaluation study

Perceived delivery related complications Dhaka % Raipur % Nabigonj %
  Base n = 1516 End n = 1456 Base n = 1829 End n = 1523 Base n = 2502 End n = 2174
Mal-presentation 28.8 55.6* 49.3 45.7 35.4 43.3*
Prolonged labour 20.3 38.3* 24.8 27.4 19.5 32.7*
Obstructed labour 21.8 24.6 30.5 24.4* 24.5 35.4*
Heavy bleeding 0.5 0.1 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.1
Tetanus 0.5 1.3 1.1 2.7 4.1 0.7
Advance breaking of liquor (“pani uge bhange”) 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.9 0.4 0.1
Hypertension 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.7 0.8 0.2
Do not know 36.4* 6.0 19.0 10.9 33.2 6.2*
Perceived complications after delivery  
Delay in placental expulsion/no expulsion 30.5 55.8* 44.0 48.9* 29.1 56.2*
Tear in uterus 5.2 13.0* 10.5 12.1 2.0 8.8*
Heavy vaginal bleeding 19.3 34.1* 39.2 25.9* 8.0 17.7*
Fever with foul smelling vaginal discharge 0.7 2.7 1.3 1.7 0.8 1.0
Eclampsia 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.5 2.6 0.2
Tetanus 3.6* 1.2 3.6 4.6 5.9 4.1
Hypertension 2.5 9.1* 2.0 18.2* 2.6 15.2*
Anaemia 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.8 0.7 0.5
Do not know 41.6 8.9* 18.4 10.8* 49.7* 9.6
  1. Note: *Shows statistically significant difference between baseline and endline (p < .001) (multiple responses considered).