Health-Seeking Behaviour Among Reproductive Women in Slums in Greater Mumbai

By Vijay M. Sarode.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper examines utilization of antenatal and delivery care in the slums in Mumbai on the basis of standard of living index constructed from household amenities, housing quality, electricity and toilet facilities and sources of drinking water. The study uses primary data of sample size of 346 reproductive women who have given at least one live birth prior to the survey, on frequency of antenatal check-ups, iron folic supplementation, receiving two doses of tetanus toxoid injection and skill of delivery attendant from the Ramabai Nagar slum located on hill at Bhandup, Greater Mumbai. The primary data was collected using cluster sampling during the period of June – August 2005. The findings using logistic regression reveals unimaginable low level of maternal care among illiterate women in this slum. Besides that there is evidence of concentration of women without adequate maternal care amongst the poorest of economic stratum. The need for maternal care services is suggested for illiterate and low standard of living category women of inaccessible hill area of Greater Mumbai.

Keywords: Maternal Care, Health Seeking Behavior, Utilization, Slum

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.115-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.462MB).

Dr. Vijay M. Sarode

Lecturer in Statistics, Department of Maths, Stats and Computer, Mulund College of Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Obtained B.Sc.(Hons.) in Mathematics and M.Sc.(Statistics) degrees from the Marathwada University, Aurangabad, and the Certificate in Population Studies (C.P.S.) from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India. He has been working in the Mulund College of Commerce, Mumbai as lecturer in Statistics, Mathematics and Computer since 1982 and since then teaching to the undergraduate courses in Statistics, Mathematics and Computer and has taught postgraduate course in the field of Computer for about 4 years. Author is at present doing Ph.D. in Statistics under the guidance of Dr. M.B. Joshi, Associate Professor, Department of P.S.M., Govt. Medical College, Aurangabad. His research topic is "Awareness of Health Care among Women in Slums in Greater Mumbai" and has submitted his thesis. Author's major area of research interest is Statistics, Demography/Population Sciences and Social Sciences. His research project on "Reproductive Morbidity among Adolescent Women in Slums in Mumbai" was awarded as "Consolation Prize" in a seminar conducted by the University of Mumbai in September 2005. This research project was guided by Dr. C.P. Prakasam, Professor, Department of Morbidity and Mortality, IIPS, Mumbai. Author has presented his paper entitled "Menstruation Related Problems and their Treatment Seeking Behaviour among Adolescent Women in Slums in Mumbai." in the national conference organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) held during 16-18 March, 2006 in New Delhi. In addition to this, author was invited to present his research papers in the International Conferences, organized by the Population Association of America (PAA) in New York, USA in March, 2007 and the Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, South Korea in August, 2007 and three papers in the national level conferences, so far.

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