Umbilical cord-cutting practices and place of delivery in Bangladesh
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, ISSN 0020-7292, E-ISSN 1879-3479, Vol. 114, no 1, 43-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To investigate place of delivery, umbilical cord-cutting instruments used, and substances applied to the cord stump in Bangladesh. Methods: A cross-sectional data analysis was performed on a nationally representative sample of 4925 women of reproductive age (15-49 years) with at least 1 child. Results: More than 80% of women delivered at home. In 6% of cases, blades from a clean-delivery kit (CDK) were used to cut the cord; in 90% of cases, the blades used were from another source; in 4% of cases, other instruments such as bamboo strips and scissors were used to cut the cord. In 51% of cases, a substance (e.g. antibiotic powder/ointment, alcohol/spirit, mustard oil with garlic, boric powder, turmeric, and chewed rice) was applied to the stump after the cord was cut. Conclusion: The present findings underscore the need for further advocacy, availability, and use of cord-cutting instruments from CDKs, especially for deliveries that occur outside healthcare facilities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. , 2011. Vol. 114, no 1, 43-46 p.
Bangladesh; Clean-delivery kit; Place of delivery; Umbilical cord cutting
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69820DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2011.01.025ISI: 000292225300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-69820DiVA: diva2:433529