Using a large, high-quality longitudinal dataset on around 145,000 pregnancy outcomes gathered over a period of more than twenty years from an experimental setting in Matlab, Bangladesh, this paper seeks a better understanding of the effects of the lengths of interbirth intervals on infant and child mortality and on maternal mortality and morbidity.
Table of Contents
Why Birth Spacing Might Affect Pregnancy Outcomes, Infant and Child Mortality, and Maternal Morbidity and Mortality
Study Setting, Data, and Methods
Effects of Birth and Pregnancy Spacing on Infant and Child Mortality and Pregnancy Outcomes
Effects of Interpregnancy Intervals, The MCH-FP Program, and Socioeconomic Factors on Maternal Mortality in Matlab, Bangladesh
Interpregnancy Intervals and Maternal Morbidity in Matlab, Bangladesh
Characteristics of Women Who Have Very Short or Very Long Intervals
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