Factors Associated with Complications and Hazards During Delivery: Evidence from Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2004

Mosiur Rahman


Objective: This study investigates the impact of some demographic, socio-economic and household-related factors associated with complication during childbirth among women in Bangladesh.

Methods: The study uses data from the 2004 Bangladesh Demographic and Health survey (BDHS, 2004) according to two times spans 1990-1999 and 2000-2004.

Results: The findings reveal that the major delivery-related complications as reported by the women, between 1990-99 and 2000-2004 include long labour ( 14.9 and 17.3 percent), excessive bleeding (7.9 and 11.2 percent), high fever ( 3.5 and 4.8 percent) and convulsion (3.3 and 3.3 percent). The bivariate analysis suggest that both groups of these two-time interval mothers who have received sufficient ANC, took delivery assistance from medically trained personnel and mothers who are highly educated; using drinking water form safe sources and also using modern toilet facilities leading to less suffering from pregnancy-related complications as against their opposite counterparts.

Conclusion: The logistic regression analysis elucidates that mother’s age at birth, mother’s education, sources of drinking water, type of toilet facilities, ANC receiving and delivery assistance have significant effect on complications at childbirth.


Pregnancy-related complications, ANC, Delivery assistance, Logistic regression analysis, Bangladesh.

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