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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 124-129

Obstetric danger signs experience and medical care sought among Saudi women: A community-based survey

1 Research Center, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, King Saud University Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Amani Abu-Shaheen
Research Center, King Fahad Medical City, P.O. Box: 59046 Riyadh 11525
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jnsm.jnsm_115_21

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Objective: The objective of the study is to investigate the occurrence of obstetric danger signs and medical care sought during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum periods among Saudi women. Study Design: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on women from the Riyadh community who had delivered during the past 2 years. Sociodemographic characteristics, the occurrence of danger signs during the antenatal, delivery, and postpartum periods were recorded. Results: A total of 1397 were included in the analysis. Around 35% of the women had a history of at least one of these three danger signs during pregnancy. Five hundred forty (38.7%) participants had a history of at least one of the obstetric danger signs during a delivery. Five hundred and four (36.1%) participants had a history of at least one of the obstetric danger signs during the postpartum period. The experience of at least one obstetric danger was statistically significant and associated with the northern region of Riyadh (odds ratio [OR] = 2.03, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.39–2.97); a higher level of education (OR: 1.42, CI: 1.01–1.98); unemployment (OR: 0.67, CI: 0.48–0.93); and having hypertension (OR: 2.11, CI: 1.42–3.13). Conclusions: Although the coverage of ante and postnatal care is good in KSA, awareness programs regarding danger signs at grass root levels in antenatal and postnatal care are needed.

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