Choosing caesareans? The perceptions and experiences of childbirth among mothers from higher socio-economic households in Dhaka

Sanzida Akhter, Susanne Schech

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine the perceptions and experiences of childbirth among a group of wealthier women in Dhaka through in-depth interviews. We find that a number of factors including preference for Caesarean Section (CS), socio-economic position, family structure, and perceptions of modern childbirth contributed to the women’s overuse of medical childbirth services. Furthermore, women’s capacity to purchase modern maternal health care in the private sector did not necessarily ensure high quality care in a health system which approaches maternal healthcare as a profit-making enterprise rather than as an essential human right.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1192
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume39
Issue number11
Early online date24 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Caesarean Section (CS)
  • Childbirth
  • Patient's perceptions
  • Patient's preferences
  • socio-economic circumstances
  • Bangladesh

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