Maternal care vs. economic wealth and the health of newborns: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Kansas City, USA

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This paper focuses on a narrow aspect of the demographic and health crisis in the former Soviet Union, examining the extent to which maternal behavior can compensate for poverty and poor medical conditions. Using sister hospital data form Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Kansas City, USA covering nearly 1,500 live births, the paper finds that Kyrgyzstani women are partially successful in compensating by taking better care of themselves and their newborn children. Moreover, ethnicity within Kyrgyzstan has no apparent impact on maternal behavior. Careful behavior, however, does not remove al disadvantages, and targeted interventions are still greatly needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Becker, CM; Bibosunova, DI; Holmes, GE; Ibragimova, MM

Published Date

  • November 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2057 - 2072

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0305-750X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0305-750X(98)00093-X

Citation Source

  • Scopus