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Table 1 Socio-demographic profile of the study population, Bangladesh, 2017–18

From: Prevalence and predictors of elective and emergency caesarean delivery among reproductive-aged women in Bangladesh: evidence from demographic and health survey, 2017–18

Background characteristics Sample Percentage
Women’s age (in years)
 15–19 920 17.9
 20–24 1,885 35.2
 25–29 1,379 25.8
 30–49 1,115 21.0
Women’s educational level
 Not educated 346 6.6
 Primary 1,477 27.6
 Secondary 2,534 48.9
 Higher 942 16.9
Women’s work status
 Not working 3,337 63.1
 Working 1,962 36.9
Women’s mass media exposure
 No Exposure 1,921 34.8
 Exposure 3,378 65.2
Women’s Body Mass Indexa
 Underweight 821 17.7
 Normal 2,689 60.2
 Overweight or Obese 995 22.1
Partner’s education
 No Education 804 15.0
 Primary 1,769 33.5
 Secondary 1,722 33.4
 Higher 1,004 18.1
Partner’s occupation
 Unemployed 122 2.2
 Professional/Technical/Managerial 479 8.1
 Sales 994 18.2
 Agricultural 976 18.9
 Services 680 13.3
 Skilled And Unskilled 2,048 39.3
Women’s age at first birth (in years)
  < 18 2,152 41.7
 18–20 2,004 38.0
 21–24 841 15.1
  ≥ 25 302 5.1
Birth order
 First 2,065 39.0
 2nd order 1,695 32.1
 3 or more 1,539 28.9
ANC visitsb
 No visit 408 8.0
 1–3 visits 2,188 45.0
 4 or more 2,411 47.0
Multiple births
 Single 5,190 98.0
 Multiple 109 2.0
Place of deliveryc
 Public 803 15.4
 Private 1,845 84.7
Wealth quintile
 Poorest 1,148 20.8
 Poorer 1,089 20.8
 Middle 954 19.1
 Richer 1,040 20.1
 Richest 1,068 19.3
Place of residence
 Urban 1,814 26.7
 Rural 3,485 73.3
Division
 Barisal 561 5.7
 Chittagong 886 21.3
 Dhaka 778 25.5
 Khulna 545 9.0
 Mymensingh 633 8.5
 Rajshahi 554 11.7
 Rangpur 580 10.4
 Sylhet 762 8.0
Total 5,299 100.0
  1. aExclude currently pregnant and women with a birth in the last 2 months; underweight: < 18.5 kg/ m2, normal: 18.5–24.9 kg/m2, overweight and obese: ≥ 25 kg/m2
  2. blast birth sample only
  3. cfacility delivery; ANC Ante-natal care