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Table 1 Demographic and medical characteristics of the Maternal Deaths (N = 109)

From: Causes of maternal deaths and delays in care: comparison between routine maternal death surveillance and response system and an obstetrician expert panel in Tanzania

Demographic and medical characteristics Frequency Percent
Age groups
 <  20 10 9.2
 20–29 34 31.2
 30–39 54 49.5
 40 and above 11 10.1
 Median age 31  
 IQ range 25–36  
Education levela
 No formal education 23 21.1
 Primary education 64 58.7
 Secondary education 15 13.8
 Higher education 4 3.7
Occupationa
 Unemployed 3 2.8
 Employed 7 6.4
 House wife 15 13.8
 Self employed 4 3.7
 Petty trader 9 8.3
 Peasant 69 63.3
Marital Statusa
 Single/Divorced 31 28.4
 Married/cohabiting 76 69.7
Duration of sickness before death (days)a
 < 1 day 52 47.7
 1–7 41 37.6
 8–14 10 9.2
 > 14 3 2.8
Place of delivery /abortionb
 Hospital 74 67.9
 Health centre 14 12.8
 Dispensary 2 1.8
 Home 5 4.6
 On the way to facility 2 1.8
Type of facility reporting death
 Regional hospital 20 18.3
 District hospital 49 45.0
 Mission hospitals 26 23.9
 Health centre 12 11.0
 Dispensary 2 1.8
Timing of death
 Antepartum 10 9.2
 Intrapartum 9 8.3
 Postpartum 90 82.6
Died within 24 h of delivery/abortion
 Yes 56 51.4
 No 34 31.2
 Died before delivery 19 17.4
Delivered live babyb
 Yes 65 70.6
 No 27 29.4
Mode of deliveryb
 Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery 36 39.2
 Caesarean Section 56 60.2
  1. a3 Maternal Deaths had no information available and VA was not done
  2. b12 died with baby in uterus and baby never delivered and 5 abortion/ectopic