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Table 1 Type and reason for delays identified for maternal deaths (N=317)

From: Praying until death: revisiting three delays model to contextualize the socio-cultural factors associated with maternal deaths in a region with high prevalence of eclampsia in India

Type of Delay Reason for the delay No of women Percentage (%)*
Type 1 Delay - Delay in Seeking Care (n=154, 48.6) Unawareness of danger signs 99 31.2
Illiteracy & Ignorance 62 19.6
Delay in decision making 125 39.4
No birth preparedness 96 30.3
Beliefs and customs 14 4.4
Non-availability of health care professional 11 3.5
Any other 5 1.6
Type 2 Delay - Delay in reaching first level health facility (n=107, 33.8) Delay in getting transport 55 17.4
Delay in mobilizing funds 51 16.1
Not reaching appropriate facility in time 99 31.2
Type 3 Delay - Delay in receiving adequate care in facility (n=60, 18.9) Delay in initiating treatment 12 3.8
Substandard care in hospital 27 8.5
Lack of blood, equipment & drugs 44 13.9
Any other 12 3.8
Any delay# 206 65.0
  1. *More than one type of delay possible for each maternal death, presented in order of frequency, #Categories are not mutually exclusive