Age, anthropometric measurements and mode of delivery in nulliparous women at Omdurman Maternity Hospital

Mohamed Ahmed A/Gadir Elimam


Background: Maternal anthropometric measurements like height and weight are routinely taken in antenatal care clinics. These measurements beside the length of the foot could be used to predict the mode of delivery
in nulliparous women.
Objectives: The objectives of the study were to investigate the relation between anthropometric measurements and the mode of delivery in nulliparous women in Omdurman Maternity Hospital.
Method: This was a cross sectional, hospital- based study. A questionnaire was used to collect basic data.
Anthropometric measurements which included maternal weight, height and length of the foot were taken using the standard procedures.
Results: vaginally, 39/122 (32%) vs. 33/48(68%), P < 0.001. Significantly a higher number of underweight [2/4(50%)] and obese [63/ 123(51.2%)] women delivered vaginally than in women with normal body mass
index [7/43(16.3%)], P < 0.001. Significantly fewer women with foot length <18 cm delivered vaginally, 6/46(13.0%) vs. 66/124(53.2%), P< 0.001.
Conclusion: Women with short stature and short foot length were at higher risk to have caesarean delivery.
*Correspondening author :Associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, The National Ribat University, Khartoum, Box 2980, Khartoum, Sudan. Tel: 0123877349, 0912306119

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