Prevalence and Sociodemographic Profiles of Grand Multipara in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Zainab Taha, Farid El Ktaibi, Aysha Ibrahim Al Dhaheri, Dimitrios Papandreou, Ahmed Ali Hassan

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The literature shows that grand multipara mothers are major contributors to poor maternal and perinatal health compared to multipara mothers. Data regarding parity profiles are essential, especially in rapidly transforming countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and factors associated with multipara mothers compared to multipara mothers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The data were collected from seven health care centers located in Abu Dhabi.From1818 enrolled mothers, the prevalence of grand multipara was 135(7.4%, 95% Confidence Interval (CI) = 7.2, 7.6). In logistic regression analysis, factors associated positively with grand multipara were a higher maternal age (Adjusted Odd Ratio (AOR) = 1.28, 95% CI = 1.21, 1.34), Arab mothers (AOR = 5.66, 95% CI 2.81, 11.40), overweight pre-pregnancy (AOR = 2.01, 95% CI = 1.26, 3.21), and limited family support for breastfeeding (AOR = 2.05, 95% CI = 1.21, 3.50). The prevalence of grand multipara was low compared to previous researching the UAE. Sociodemographic factors were more prominent and associated with grand multipara mothers compared to obstetrical ones. Therefore, more programs (nutritional, physical activities, and psychosocial) are needed to improve maternal and perinatal health to support grand multipara mothers. Further, research is required to explore the difference in parity based on nationalities, especially from a sociocultural point of view.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4686
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Arab mothers
  • United Arab Emirates
  • grand multipara
  • maternal age
  • overweight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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