Birth interval: perceptions and practices among urban-based Saudi Arabian women
AbstractTo determine perceptions towards birth spacing, actual birth interval and associated sociodemographic factors, we carried out a cross-sectional study on 436 mothers aged 15-50 years in Al-Khobar. All had had >/= 2 children within the previous 10 years. Only 5.2% preferred a birth interval of < 2 years, 28.2% preferred a 2-< 3-year interval, while the rest favoured >/= 3 years. Education and employment status were predictors of birth spacing preference. About half were not aware of the physical benefits associated with longer birth interval. Only 26.3% had mean birth interval < 2 years. Age and employment status were significant positive predictors of longer birth interval. Oral contraception was the most popular method adopted for child spacing
Rasheed, P. & Al Dabal, B.K. (2007). Birth interval: perceptions and practices among urban-based Saudi Arabian women. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117326
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 13 (4), 881-892, 2007
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