Does the Preference of Childbirth Locations Change for Successive Births in India? Evidence From States and Regions of India

Bidyadhar Dehury , India Health Action Trust (IHAT)
Mithlesh Chourase, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

The study used the 4th round of National Family and Health Survey, 2015-16 to examine the patterns and shifts in childbirth locations among last two successive births and its determinants at state and regional level. About 16.4% women did switch the childbirth location. Only 1.9% births were in favour of health facility over home which varies largely across at state and regions. Chhattisgarh state observed 6.8% births shifted in favour of health facility, while Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal observed in favour of home. The adjusted odds show that women with high parity and large birth interval have higher odds for both switching birth place and in-favour of health facility. Whereas, women with higher education, lower social group, urban areas, not received four antenatal care, and higher wealth quintile have higher odds for switching birth place in-favour of health facility despite lower odds for switching birth place.

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 Presented in Session 5. Health & Mortality 1