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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 159-160

A study on delivery and newborn care practices in a rural block of West Bengal


1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, N R S Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, N R S Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Ex-Professor, Community Medicine, N R S Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Principal, N R S Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
P Das
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, N R S Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 19189841

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A cross-sectional study was conducted in a rural block of the State of West Bengal to generate area specific data on the proportion of home deliveries and certain newborn care practices prevalent in that area. The study was done through house-to-house survey among 165 mothers who delivered in last six months. 83.6% deliveries were conducted at home and untrained persons attended 36.3% deliveries. Bath within 24 hours of delivery was given to 17.58% newborns. Birthweight was not recorded in 38.18%. High proportion of newborns, 78.5%, was given prelacteal feeding. The health system should urgently address the deficiencies in the delivery and newborn care practices in the study area.


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