Project Description

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Maternal mortality remains a critical global public health issue, with over 3 million women losing their lives each year. Bangladesh has made progress in reducing maternal deaths but stil l faces a substantial gap to achieve sustainable development goals. Respectful maternity care (RMC) is crucial in reducing maternal mortality rates and upholding women’s rights during childbirth. However, disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth are common, hindering access to quality care and violating human rights. Factors such as delivery context, facility type, and support during labor influence RMC. Despite efforts to promote institutional delivery, comprehensive studies comparing RMC in private and public healthcare facilities are lacking, particularly in Bangladesh. This study aims to assess and compare respectful maternity care experiences in private and public hospitals, determine associated factors, and improve RMC behaviors to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates. This cross-sectional analytical study will be conducted in one public hospital and one private hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, over a period of 6 months. The study will include women of reproductive age who visit the selected hospitals for labor and delivery. A pretested questionnaire will be used to collect data on sociodemographic and obstetric characteristics, length of hospital stay, and assessment of respectful maternity care (RMC). +The RMC assessment will be conducted using a validated tool consisting of 15 items categorized into friendly care, abuse-free care, timely care, and discrimination-free care. Interviews will be conducted by an experienced research team, and informed written consent will be obtained from all participants. This study will provide valuable insights into respectful maternity care and contribute to the enhancement of maternal healthcare practices in both private and public hospitals.

Status: Ongoing

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