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Matern Health Neonatol Perinatol. 2016 Sep 15;2:10. doi: 10.1186/s40748-016-0038-5. eCollection 2016.

Logistic regression analysis on the determinants of stillbirth in Ethiopia.

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Department of Statistics, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia.
Department of Statistics, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Dilla University, Dilla, Ethiopia.



Stillbirth is often defined as fetal death after 24 weeks of gestation, but a fetus greater than any combination of 16, 20, 22, 24, or 28 weeks gestational age and 350 g, 400 g, 500 g, or 1000 g birth weight may be considered stillborn depending on local law. Once the fetus has died, the mother may or may not have contractions and undergo childbirth or in some cases, a Caesarean section. Most stillbirths occur in full-term pregnancies.


This study has intended to model determinants of experiencing stillbirth among women in child bearing age group of Ethiopia using the Ethiopian demographic and health Survey data (EDHS, 2011). First, the bivariate chi-square test of association was fitted to the data and significant variables were considered for further investigation binary logistic regression models were fitted.


This study revealed that the rate of experiencing stillbirth among women of child bearing age was about 25.5 per 1000 deliveries in Ethiopia. From binary logistic regression, region of residence, maternal age, place of residence, education level, parity, antenatal care utilization, place of delivery, body mass index (BMI) and anemia level were found to be significantly associated with experiencing stillbirth.


Researchers should use multilevel models than traditional regression methods when their data structure is hierarchical as like in Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey data.


Antenatal care visit; Ethiopia; Logistic regression; Stillbirth

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