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Table 4 Reasons for seeking care at a healthcare facility for women who had accessed care but died at home (n = 32)

From: Factors associated with maternal mortality in Malawi: application of the three delays model

Reason Number of women (%) Place of care
   Hospital (%) Health centre (%)
Foul smelling discharge after delivery 8 (25) 1 (10) 7 (31.8)
Dizziness during pregnancy 5 (15.6) 3 (30) 2 (9.2)
Bleeding in pregnancy 4 (12.5) 1 (10) 3 (13.6)
PPH 4 (12.5) 1 (10) 3 (13.6)
Delivery 4 (12.5) 2 (20) 2 (9.2)
Malaria in pregnancy 2 (6.3) 0 (0) 2 (9.2)
One week postnatal check up 2 (6.3) 1 (10) 1 (4.5)
Loss of body weight 1 (3.1) 1 (10) 0 (0.0)
ART supply 1 (3.1) 0 (0) 1 (4.5)
Antenatal care 1 (3.1) 0 1 (4.5)
Total 32 10 (100) 22 (100)