Cultural Barriers to Maternal Health Care in Rural Bangladesh

Journal of Health Ethics, Fall 2012

13 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2012 Last revised: 15 Mar 2014

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Lori Maria Walton

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Dawn Brown

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bassima Schbley, PhD

Washburn University

Date Written: May 9, 2012

Abstract

Bangladesh is a country with over one third of the population living in poverty and another one third living just above poverty level. The World Health Organization (2010) indicates that Bangladesh has poor prenatal and postpartum care, nutritional deficiencies, high incidence of non-skilled birth attendant utilization, and the second highest maternal mortality and morbidity rates next to sub-Saharan Africa. Women living in Bangladesh are at high risk for maternal mortality and morbidity in the postpartum period. Malnourishment, anemia, poverty, lack of skilled birth attendants, and limited prenatal and postpartum care are some of the issues facing women living in rural Bangladesh. There remains a need for providers with expertise in obstetrics and gynecology, women’s health physical therapists, and other maternal health providers to provide postpartum education regarding prenatal and postpartum care to women and their skilled birth attendants living in the more vulnerable rural regions.

Keywords: maternal health care, access to care, Bangladesh, morbidity, mortality

Suggested Citation

Walton, Lori Maria and Brown, Dawn and Schbley, PhD, Bassima, Cultural Barriers to Maternal Health Care in Rural Bangladesh (May 9, 2012). Journal of Health Ethics, Fall 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042694 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2042694

Lori Maria Walton (Contact Author)

SUNY Upstate Medical University ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13210
United States
315-464-6890 (Phone)

Dawn Brown

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bassima Schbley, PhD

Washburn University ( email )

1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621
United States
7856702137 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.washburn.edu/our-faculty/bassima-schbley

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