Healthcare Utilization, Induced Labour and Caesarean Section in the Pregnancy after Stillbirth: A Prospective Study

  • Urooj Hina Combined Military Hospital, Quetta/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Shehla Baqai Combined Military Hospital, Lahore/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Abeera Choudry Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Saira Saeed Combined Military Hospital, Quetta/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Uzma Urooj Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: Caesarean section, Induced labour, Prenatal care, Stillbirth

Abstract

Objective: To measure the healthcare utilization, induced labour and frequency of C-sections in the pregnancy after stillbirth in the tertiary care setting.

Study Design: Comparative prospective study.

Place and Duration of Study: Pak Emirates Military Hospital, Rawalpindi Pakistan, from Sep 2018-Sep 2019.
Methodology: A total of 181 pregnant women were recruited and divided into two groups; Group-1=75pregnant women afterstillbirth and Group-2=106 pregnant women after live birth. Data regarding the healthcare utilization, induced labour, onset and mode of delivery and caesarean section was collected after the informed consent.

Results: Mean age of the study population (n=181) was 28.73±5.0 years (Range:19-40 years). Group-1 females had more antenatal visits (7.88±3.60) compared to women of Group-2 (6.18±2.90) (p-value=0.001). History of Induced labour and caesarean section were also more in Group-1 (Stillbirth-Group). Pregnant women in Group-1 were found to be significantly more worried about the pregnancy outcome in 53(70.7%) as compared to Group-2 in 5(4.7%) with a p-value of <0.001.

Conclusion: Pregnant women after stillbirth were significantly avid users of healthcare services and had more induced labour and caesarean section.

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Published
2022-12-29
How to Cite
Hina, U., Baqai, S., Choudry, A., Saeed, S., & Urooj, U. (2022). Healthcare Utilization, Induced Labour and Caesarean Section in the Pregnancy after Stillbirth: A Prospective Study. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 72(6), 1882-85. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i6.4271
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