, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 425–437 | Cite as

Birth-interval dynamics in rural Bangladesh and maternal weight

  • Kathleen Ford
  • Sandra L. Huffman
  • A. K. M. A. Chowdhury
  • Stan Becker
  • Hubert Allen
  • Jane Menken
Birth Stopping and Spacing Behavior


This article reports on the results of a study conducted in rural Bangladesh on the influence of maternal weight on the components of birth intervals, including gestation and intrauterine mortality, the duration of postpartum amenorrhea, and the duration of waiting time to conception (the menstrual interval). When biological factors (in-cluding maternal age, parity, and supplementation practices) and behavioral variables, including religion, education, and occupation, were controlled, maternal weight was found to be related to the risk of intrauterine mortality and to the probability of resuming menses in the postpartum period. The implications of these findings for policies and programs in developing countries are discussed.


Amenorrhea Birth Interval Fetal Loss Maternal Weight Natural Fertility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Ford
    • 1
  • Sandra L. Huffman
    • 2
  • A. K. M. A. Chowdhury
    • 3
  • Stan Becker
    • 4
  • Hubert Allen
    • 5
  • Jane Menken
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Population Planning and International Health, School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor
  2. 2.Center to Prevent Childhood MalnutritionBethesda
  3. 3.Institute for International ProgramsJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore
  4. 4.Department of Population DynamicsJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore
  5. 5.Department of BiostatisticsJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore
  6. 6.Population Studies CenterUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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