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Retention of Maternal Health Care Utilization and Its Impact on Neonatal Mortality in India

Wahengbam Bigyananda Meitei, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Abhishek Singh, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

The study examines the interrelationship between neonatal mortality and maternal health facility utilisation using data from the fourth round of the National Family Health Survey. Understanding the interrelationship between neonatal mortality and maternal health facility utilisation is a must to successfully achieve the sustainable development goals that intended to reduce under-five mortality and increase maternal health care utilisation. The study population consists of 190,797 women who gave birth to their last child alive or death prior to the date of survey. The study finds that there is a significant retention in the full ANC visits and safe delivery among those women who have attended at least one ANC visits irrespective of the regions. And, women who have not attained any formal education and belonging to household with lower wealth status are more deprived of accessing full ANC and safe delivery. Child born to a woman who do not attend full ANC and post-natal check, who have not initiate breastfeeding within one hour and having complication during pregnancy and delivery are at higher risk of neonatal deaths.

Keywords: Mortality, Inequality, Applied demography, Children and youth

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  Presented in Session 47. Mortality in Low- and Middle-Income Countries