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Table 1 Socio-demographic and maternal factors of the study participants n = 4649

From: Factors associated with home delivery in rural Sindh, Pakistan: results from the global network birth registry

Variables Women delivering at home Women delivering at a facility
N = 1286 N = 3363
n % n %
Socio-demographic Factors
Maternal age (years)
 < 20 32 2.50% 118 3.50%
 20–35 1149 89.30% 3076 91.50%
  > 36 105 8.20% 169 5.00%
Maternal educationa
 Illiterate 1156 89.90% 2703 80.40%
 Literate 130 10.10% 660 19.60%
Socioeconomic statusb
 Lower 591 46.20% 1599 47.50%
 Middle 684 53.00% 1726 51.30%
 High 11 0.80% 38 1.20%
Maternal Factors
BMI (kg/m2)
 < 18.5 330 25.80% 693 20.70%
 18.5–23 741 57.80% 1861 55.60%
  > 23 210 16.40% 792 23.70%
Maternal hemoglobin (gm/dl) n = 4623
 < 8 153 12.00% 363 10.80%
 8–10 688 54.00% 1599 47.80%
 10.1 and above 433 34.00% 1386 41.40%
Parity
 0 222 17.30% 900 26.80%
 1–2 446 34.70% 1214 36.10%
 3 and above 618 48.10% 1249 37.10%
Outcome of last pregnancyc
 Pregnancy loss 247 19.20% 961 28.60%
 Live Birth 1039 80.80% 2402 71.40%
History of C-sections
 No 1239 96.30% 2992 89.00%
 Yes 47 3.70% 371 11.00%
  1. aIlliterate includes women with no schooling and Literate includes primary, secondary, higher secondary and above
  2. bComposite scores were calculated based on assets and house ownership and then categorized on basis of quartiles
  3. cPregnancy loss includes stillbirths and miscarriages