Socio-Demographic profile and reproductive health status of slum women of Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

A slum is a residential area with substandard housing that is poorly serviced and/or overcrowded, and therefore unhealthy, unsafe, and socially undesirable. The aim of the present study is to explore the socio-demographic and reproductive health status of slum dwelling women of Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. A cross-sectional study was carried out to collect data of 388 ever married slum dwelling women of Bhilai city of Chhattisgarh, India. The age ranges from 18 to 45 years. Two slums; Tankimaroda or Maroda tank” and Ruabandha were selected. Purposive stratified sampling method has been adopted to collect the data. Miscarriage was high among studied women. Still birth showed increasing trend with increased age of pregnancy. Percentage of abortion was also high (10.05 %). Majority (97.42 %) of the women are not aware about their proper hygiene. There were significant age-group differences (p=0.007) in the delivery type of the studied women. Education has significant impact on monthly income (0.05); age-at-first birth (0.01); place of delivery (0.01); age at menarche (p=0.01); first marriage age (p=0.01) and first conception age (p=0.01). The present study helps researchers to design their future research in other slums, that will help policy makers and planners to develop plan accordingly, for overall betterment of the State and nation.