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Table 2 Primary causes of maternal deaths by time of death

From: A prospective key informant surveillance system to measure maternal mortality – findings from indigenous populations in Jharkhand and Orissa, India

Primary cause of death Ante-partum Intra-partum (< 48 hours) Post-partum (< 42 days) Total
  % (n) % (n) % (n) % (n)
All Deaths 24.2 (23) 48.4 (46) 27.4 (26)   
Haemorrhage 8.7 (2) 39.1 (18) 15.4 (4) 25.3 (24)
Malaria 47.8 (11) 10.9 (5) 23.1 (6) 23.2 (22)
Sepsis 4.3 (1) 13.0 (6) 34.6 (9) 16.8 (16)
Hypertensive disorder 21.7 (5) 10.9 (5) 11.5 (3) 13.7 (13)
Obstructed Labour    17.4 (8)    8.4 (8)
Anaemia      3.8 (1) 1.1 (1)
Embolism      7.7 (2) 2.1 (2)
Abortion 8.7 (2)      2.1 (2)
Other direct*    6.5 (3) 3.8 (1) 4.2 (4)
Other indirect** 8.7 (2) 2.2 (1)    3.2 (3)
n = 95         
  1. * Retained placenta and obstetric shock
  2. ** Tuberculosis and heart disease