Reproductive Experience of Libyan Women in Benghazi

Original article


A. Abudejaja 1, Ratan Singh 1, Mabrouka M. Legnain 2

1-Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A .J. 2-Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Ben ghazi, S.P. L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 6, No.2. July 1983:173-179


The Al-Jamahiriya Hospital, Benghazi is the only Maternity Hospital for the city with 430,000 inhabitants, and 90% of annual deliveries take place there. During 1980, 16,210 women delivered at the hospital of which 90.58% were normal. The largest proportion of women (29.93%) were between 25 to 29 years of age or of para 1 to 3. The number of live births, infant mortality child losses and pregnancy wastage in the past per woman respectively was 4.14, 0.23 and 0.31. The rate of childioss or pregnancy wastage increased with age and parity. During 1980 more than 90% of the babies born at the hospital were healthy and of those with a morbid condition more than 80% had birth asphyxia, birth trauma, prematurity, congenital anomaly, or Rhesus incompatibility. Among women experiencing illness or risk factors during pregnancy, the proportion of unhealthy babies was highest if born to those with ante-partum haemorrhage (33.33%) and lowest if born to mothers with Rhesus negative blood group (11.58%). The role of health care organizations for further reduction of pregnancy wastage, perina يa! deaths and infant losses is emphasized.

Keywords: Reproductive Experience of Libyan Women in Benghazi