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Table 2 Distribution of socioeconomic, biological, and psychosocial characteristics among 42,214 women in rural northwest Bangladesh (2007–2011)

From: Risk factors for reported obstetric complications and near misses in rural northwest Bangladesh: analysis from a prospective cohort study

Characteristics Non-complicated pregnancy Obstetric complication Near miss Total
  n = 30,830 n = 10,380 n = 1,004 n = 42,214
  % % % % (n)
Biological factors     
Women’s age***     
 <18 years 13.3 19.5 15.3 15.2 (6,417)
 18-35 years 80.9 70.5 80.3 78.6 (33,180)
 >35 years 5.7 9.9 7.1 6.0 (2,592)
Parity***     
 Nulliparity 24.6 34.2 34.4 27.2 (11,479)
 1-2 births 49.8 36.7 36.8 46.3 (19,556)
 >2 births 25.5 29.0 28.8 26.4 (11,172)
Obstetric history***     
 No previous stillbirth or miscarriage 77.3 71.9 74.3 77.4 (36,197)
 Stillbirth or miscarriage 22.7 28.0 25.6 22.5 (6,007)
Mid-upper arm circumference*     
 < 21.5 cm 33.4 37.6 34.7 33.8 (14,226)
 ≥ 21.5 cm 66.4 62.3 65.2 65.8 (27,819)
Socioeconomic factors     
Household wealth index     
 Lowest quartile 25.3 25.5 25.7 25.7 (10,836)
 2nd quartile 25.6 25.5 24.8 25.3 (10,662)
 3rd quartile 24.7 25.3 24.3 24.8 (10,473)
 Highest quartile 24.3 23.5 25.2 24.1 (10,186)
Women’s literacy*     
 Illiterate 45.2 39.8 44.5 43.2 (18,241)
 Literate 54.7 60.0 55.5 56.7 (23,913)
Psychosocial factors     
Couples’ pregnancy wantedness ranking***     
 Both partners wanted pregnancy 43.0 20.1 36.7 39.2 (16,616)
 Only one partner wanted pregnancy 11.1 17.4 12.0 10.8 (4,512)
 Neither partner wanted pregnancy 45.1 61.9 50.6 49.3 (20,805)
  1. *p-value <0.05 of overall difference between the three groups using Chi-squared tests.
  2. ***p-value < 0.001 of overall difference between the three groups using Chi-squared tests.
  3. Table 2 shows the distribution of socioeconomic, biological, and psychosocial characteristics among 42,214 women reporting obstetric complications, near misses, or non-complicated pregnancies in rural northwest Bangladesh between December 2007 and June 2011. Data was collected up to June 2011. A total of 619 women had missing data on characteristics of interest; 25 women were missing data on age, 7 had missing data on parity, 19 women had missing data on obstetric history, 169 had missing data on mid-upper arm circumference, 57 were missing data on household wealth index, 61 women had missing data on literacy, and 281 were missing data on pregnancy wantedness.