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Maternal Health: Which States are more Caring?
Authors: Aditi Chakraborty, and Dibyojyoti Bhattacharjee
Source: Demography India, 46(1): 82-96
Topic(s): Health care utilization
Maternal health
Maternal mortality
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2017
Abstract: The health condition of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period is referred to as maternal health. Maternal health care is a clear indicator of basic health care services available at a place. Eighteen percent of maternal deaths in the world happen in India. India could not attain the Millennium Development Goal of diminishing the maternal mortality rate to 109 at the end of 2015. This calls for rigorous analysis of maternal mortality figures in the country and to identify regional variation in maternal health care, if any. As the matter of public health belongs to state list and maternity benefits is under concurrent list so state-wise variation in maternal health care is expected. This work looks into a state-wise analysis of maternal health care of both for rural and urban areas of India based on the fourth National Family Health Survey data.