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Indian J Public Health. 2018 Oct-Dec;62(4):315-318. doi: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_40_18.

Anemia at the time of delivery and its association with pregnancy outcomes: A study from a secondary care hospital in Haryana, India.

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1
Professor and Head, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
2
Assistant Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
3
Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
4
Associate Professor, Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Maternal anemia has been reportedly associated with increased risk of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth have been reported to be associated with anemia. However, different studies have shown inconsistent results. In the present study, we report the association between maternal hemoglobin levels at the time of delivery and outcomes among women at a secondary care hospital in northern India. Secondary analysis of routinely collected hospital data from January 2015 to December 2016 was carried out. Sociodemographic details, hemoglobin levels at the time of admission, and birth outcomes were retrieved from the records of women admitted for delivery. The outcomes were compared among anemic and nonanemic women. About 78% of the women were found to have anemia at the time of delivery. A significantly higher proportion of anemic women had preterm labor.

KEYWORDS:

Anemia; delivery; outcome; pregnancy; preterm

PMID:
30539898
DOI:
10.4103/ijph.IJPH_40_18
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