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The Effects of Birth Spacing on Infant and Child Mortality, Pregnancy Outcomes, and Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Matlab, Bangladesh

Published Dec 1, 2004

by Julie DaVanzo, Abdur Razzaque, Mizanur Rahman, Lauren Hale, Kapil Ahmed, Mehrab Ali Khan, Golam Mustafa, Kaniz Gausia

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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.

This paper was made possible through support provided by the Office of Population and Reproductive Health of the Center for Population, Health, and Nutrition, Bureau for Global Programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The research described in this report was conducted by RAND Labor and Population.

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