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Table 1 Maternal and obstetric characteristics of maternal and early neonatal deaths at MTRH from January 2004 to March 2011

From: A retrospective analysis of maternal and neonatal mortality at a teaching and referral hospital in Kenya

Characteristic Maternal deaths n = 150 Neonatal deaths n = 200
  n % n %
Age (years)     
15-24 54 36 97 51
25-34 66 44 68 35
35-45 30 20 27 14
Gravida     
Primigravida (1) 34 23 58 29
Multigravida (2–4) 73 49 108 54
Grandmultigravida (5–7) 32 21 26 13
Grandgrandmultigravida (>8) 11 7 8 4
Birth attendant at delivery     
Doctor 61 47 50 26
Midwife 70 53 136 71
Pregnancy stage on admission     
Antepartum 53 37 73 37
Intrapartum 61 42 110 56
Puerperium 30 21 14 7
Labour stage on admission     
Latent 42 42 16 9
Active 37 37 156 87
Second stage 20 20 7 4
Gestational age     
<36 weeks 78 59 116 58
37-41 weeks 37 28 39 19
<42 weeks 3 2 5 2
Post partum 14 11 40 20
Mode of delivery     
Vaginal 64 43 146 73
Operation 51 34 45 22
Assisted delivery 27 18 9 5
Other 8 5 0 0
Booking status     
Booked 63 42 38 21
Unbooked (referral) 87 58 139 79
  1. Denominators vary for each item depending on missing data.
  2. The highest number of deliveries by a single mother at the MTRH was 13.