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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 935982, 5 pages
Research Article

A Case-Control Study on Risk Factors for Preterm Deliveries in a Secondary Care Hospital, Southern India

1Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka 576104, India
2University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), P.O. Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands
3Dr. TMA Pai Hospital, Manipal University, Udupi, Karnataka 576101, Udupi, India

Received 3 January 2014; Accepted 26 February 2014; Published 13 March 2014

Academic Editors: R. Kimmig and J. Olsen

Copyright © 2014 Chythra R. Rao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of death in children under five years old. Three-quarters of them could be saved with current, cost-effective interventions. The aim of this study was to identify the risk factors of preterm birth in a secondary care hospital in Southern India. Methods. In the case-control study, records of 153 antenatal women with preterm birth were included as cases. Age matched controls were women who had a live birth after 37 weeks of gestational age. Gestational age at delivery and associated risk factors were analyzed. Results. The preterm birth rate was 5.8%. Common risk factors associated with preterm birth were hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (21.4%), height <1.50 m (16.8%), premature rupture of membranes (17.5%), and fetal distress (14.9%). Mean birth weight for preterm babies was 2452 grams while the birth weight for term babies was 2978 grams. Conclusion. The commonest obstetrical risk factor for preterm birth was hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and nonobstetrical risk factor was height <1.50 m. The percentage of preterm birth was low, comparable to developing countries.