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Perceptions of pregnancy complications in Haiti

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Anderson, F.W., S.I. Naik, S.A. Feresu, B. Gebrian, M. Karki, and Sioban D. Harlow. 2008. "Perceptions of pregnancy complications in Haiti." International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 100(2): 116-123.

Objective To determine the incidence of perceived pregnancy complications and associated factors.

Methods During a census, 450 women identified themselves as pregnant and 388 were interviewed postpartum.

Results Complications were reported by 58.6%. Bleeding post-delivery was the most frequent complication (42.5%), followed by great pain (33.8%), bleeding during pregnancy (20.1%), and fever post-delivery (11.6%). Prenatal care at either a dispensary or a clinic was associated with reports of bleeding during pregnancy (odds ratio [OR] 9.06; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.71–48.00 and OR 7.58; 95% CI, 1.53–37.48, respectively). Women who visited a doctor were less likely to report bleeding during pregnancy (OR 0.20; 95% CI, 0.08–0.55) or fever post-delivery (P = 0.015). Herb use was associated with reported bleeding during pregnancy (OR 2.22; 95% CI, 1.12–4.40) and great pain (OR 1.94; 95% CI, 1.05–3.58).

Conclusion The perceived pregnancy complication rate in Haiti is high and is associated with access to health care. The association between use of herbs and pregnancy complications warrants investigation.

DOI:10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.08.005 (Full Text)

Country of focus: Haiti.

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