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Salud colectiva

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ROSEMBERG, Patricia; ALAZRAQUI, Marcio  and  SPINELLI, Hugo. “We see them from Monday to Friday:” Births by day of the week in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, 2004-2013. Salud colect. [online]. 2020, vol.16, e3079. ISSN 1669-2381.

The objective of this article is to describe births according to their distribution by day of the week in order to characterize the scheduled or non-scheduled aspect of the labor and delivery process. A descriptive epidemiological study of the temporal distribution of the days of the week on which births occurred in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires was carried out for the period 2004-2013, based on the Statistical Reports of Live Births database of the Directorate of Statistics and Health Information at the National Ministry of Health. The following variables were analyzed using descriptive statistics: establishment (public or private sector), gestational age, maternal age, and mother’s level of education. The analysis reveals that births decrease significantly on Saturdays and Sundays in both public and private establishments, with a greater decrease being observed in private establishments. Births at week 37 are more frequent in private establishments and decrease on non-working days. For mothers with higher levels education, fewer births occurred on weekends. Analyzing the day of the week on which births occur reveals the medicalization of the delivery process and could indicate that the scheduling and induction of births occur in private establishments to a greater extent than in public establishments.

Keywords : Live Birth; Parturition; Periodicity; Health Services; Medicalization; Argentina.

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