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Table 3 Outcome of previous pregnancies and birth interval among multigravidae, Gem, western Kenya, 2003

From: Reproductive health issues in rural Western Kenya

  Outcome of last singleton pregnancy (%) (N = 573) Outcome ever in life (%) (N = 585)
Miscarriage 14 (2.4) 67 (11.5)
Stillbirth 9 (1.6) 53 (9.1)
Child death of live born child 120 (20.9) 322 (55.0)
Caesarean section NA 11 (1.9)
Too small baby 17 (3.1)* 82 (14.0)
Baby born too early 21 (3.8)* 111 (19.0)
Birth interval † All multigravidae 
   < 6 months 54 (9.7)  
   6–11 months 73 (13.1)  
   12–23 months 198 (35.5)  
   ≥ 24 months 233 (41.8)  
  1. NA: not available.
  2. * Size of newborn and estimated gestational age known for 550 newborns
  3. † Birth interval: time between last menstrual period and previous delivery date
  4. ‡ Birth interval available for 558 multigravidae (95.4%), independent of number of children in previous delivery