Status of Maternal Healthcare Service Utilization in West Bengal

  • Pritam Ghosh Ph.D. Research Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Calcutta
  • Pratima Rohatgi Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Calcutta
Keywords: Maternal Healthcare Service Utilization, Antenatal Healthcare Service, Intra-natal Healthcare Service, Post-natal Health Care Service.


Influenced by many socio-economic, religious and spatial factors many mothers do not take health care service during their maternal period in India as well as West Bengal. The main objective of the study is to focus on distribution of different health care service utilization among the mothers of different age group, different district during ante natal, delivery and post-natal period in West Bengal. The data which has been used here, collected from DLHS 3 and DLHS 4. Various statistical calculations, cartographic techniques and mapping have been made to analyze the data set using different software like Excel 2013, SPSS, and Q-GIS. Health care utilization during pre-natal, delivery and post-natal period has increased all over West Bengal from the year of 2007-08 to 2012-13. Side by side, inter district variation in maternal healthcare service utilization has increase. Some districts has improved tremendously and some districts has lagged behind. Different kind of health care service utilization among the mothers of higher age group during their maternity are less in the study area during last decade. Government must provide accessible, adequate and a quality health care service in the study area such a way, so that each and every mother from different social group and community can easily access these services.


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