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Perceptions on Safe Motherhood

Complications of pregnancy and childbirth in developing countries often result in illnesses or permanent disability for the mother or child. While the tragedy of maternal mortality affects mainly the poorer sections, it is only very recently that serious attention has focused on the issue of ?safe motherhood?. This paper analyses the levels of safe motherhood in rural areas of Andhra Pradesh vis-a-vis other southern states; it also seeks to understand the perceptions and limiting causes that come in the way of safe motherhood. While data suggests that women in rural Andhra Pradesh experience safe motherhood, social and group perspectives reveal that many women are exposed to unsafe motherhood; very often non-biomedical causes influence the medical determinants of safe motherhood.
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