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Table 1 Percentage distribution of women according to birth attendants and selected background characteristics

From: Factors affecting deliveries attended by skilled birth attendants in Bangladesh

Characteristics Unskilled BAs-N(%)a SBAs-N(%)a Total
Total women 2,864 (64.1) 1,604 (35.9) 4,468
Current age of women (years)
 15–24 1,585 (64.6) 870 (35.4) 2,455
 25–34 1,101 (63.1) 643 (36.9) 1,744
 35–49 178 (66.2) 91 (33.8) 269
Husbands’ age (years)
 15–25 446 (65.3) 237 (34.7) 683
 25–40 2,014 (63.7) 1,146 (36.3) 3,160
  > 40 404 (64.6) 221 (35.4) 625
Parity
 1 1,009 (55.6) 806 (44.4) 1,815
  ≥ 2 1,855 (69.9) 798 (30.1) 2,653
Birth Interval (years)
 0–2 247 (76.9) 74 (23.1) 321
  ≥ 3 2,617 (63.1) 1,530 (36.9) 4,147
Pregnancy complications
 No 1,126 (60.9) 724 (39.1) 1,850
 Yes 874 (53.0) 776 (47.0) 1,650
 Don't know 864 (89.3) 104 (10.7) 968
Previous history of dead children
 0 2,437 (62.5) 1,464 (37.5) 3,901
 1 362 (75.3) 119 (24.7) 481
  ≥ 2 65 (75.6) 21 (24.4) 86
Receiving at least one antenatal care by a skilled provider
 No 1,043 (86.8) 159 (13.2) 1,202
 Yes 1,821 (55.8) 1,445 (44.2) 3,266
Education level of women
 No formal education 502 (83.4) 100 (16.6) 602
 Primary 946 (77.0) 282 (23.0) 1,228
 Secondary 1,259 (59.5) 858 (40.5) 2,117
 Higher 157 (30.1) 364 (69.9) 521
Education level of husbands of the women
 No formal education 831 (81.2) 192 (18.8) 1,023
 Primary 989 (73.4) 359 (26.6) 1,348
 Secondary 808 (57.4) 599 (42.6) 1,407
 Higher 335 (34.2) 453 (65.8) 688
Sex of the household head
 Male 2,603 (64.1) 1,461 (35.9) 4,064
 Female 261 (64.6) 143 (35.4) 404
Occupation of the women
 Not working 2,184 (62.5) 1,309 (37.5) 3,493
 Working 679 (69.8) 294 (30.2) 973
Wealth quintile
 Poorest 802 (85.7) 134 (34.3) 936
 Poorer 662 (77.9) 188 (22.1) 850
 Middle 574 (67.0) 283 (33.0) 857
 Richer 524 (55.9) 414 (44.1) 938
 Richest 302 (34.1) 565 (65.9) 887
Frequency of reading newspaper
 No 2,581 (68.8) 1,171 (31.2) 3,752
 Less than once a week 194 (46.7) 221 (53.3) 415
 At least once a week 81 (27.9) 209 (72.1) 290
Frequency of listening to radio
 No 2,749 (64.5) 1,513 (35.5) 4,262
 Less than once a week 45 (50.0) 45 (50.0) 90
 At least once a week 70 (60.3) 46 (39.7) 116
Frequency of watching television
 No 1,461 (79.2) 383 (20.8) 1,844
 Less than once a week 275 (70.0) 118 (30.0) 393
 At least once a week 1,128 (50.6) 1,103 (49.4) 2,231
Place of residence
 Urban 692 (48.1) 747(51.9) 1,439
 Rural 2,172 (71.7) 857(28.3) 3,029
Region (division)
 Khulna 250 (47.6) 275 (52.4) 525
 Barisal 375 (70.5) 157 (29.5) 532
 Chittagong 576 (66.9) 284 (33.1) 857
 Dhaka 471 (59.7) 318 (40.3) 789
 Rajshahi 334 (61.3) 211 (38.7) 545
 Rangpur 353 (65.0) 190 (35.0) 543
 Sylhet 508 (75.0) 169 (25.0) 677
Religion
 Islam 2,646 (64.4) 1,464 (35.6) 4,110
 Others 218 (60.9) 140 (39.1) 358
  1. aRow percentage