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Table 2 Characteristics of health facilities, with and without Maternity Waiting Homes (MWH)a

From: The influence of quality maternity waiting homes on utilization of facilities for delivery in rural Zambia

Facility characteristics All study facilities Facilities have an MWH
N(%) None n(%) Yes n (%) Designated Area for Waiting Mothers n (%)
  40 (100.0) 19 (100.0) 18 (100.0) 3 (100.0)
Signal functions
 Four or more signal functions 15 (37.5) 3 (15.8) 11 (61.1) 1 (33.3)
 Parenteral antibiotics for maternal infection 27 (67.5) 8 (42.1) 18 (100.0) 1 (33.3)
 Parenteral oxytocic drugs for hemorrhage 38 (95.0) 18 (94.7) 17 (94.4) 3 (100.0)
 Parenteral magnesium sulfate for eclampsia 9 (22.5) 3 (15.7) 4 (22.2) 2 (96.7)
 Manual removal of the placenta 10 (25.0) 3 (15.7) 6 (33.3) 1 (33.3)
 Removal of retained products of conception 10 (25.0) 2 (10.5) 7 (38.9) 1 (33.3)
 Assisted vaginal delivery 4 (10.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (22.2) 0 (0.0)
 Resuscitation with bag and mask of non-breathing baby 24 (60.0) 7 (36.8) 15 (83.3) 2 (66.7)
Infrastructure and human resources
 Electricity 8 (20.0) 0 (0.00) 7 (38.9) 1 (33.3)
 Water supply 37 (92.5) 17 (89.5) 17 (94.4) 3 (100.0)
 Service availability 24/7 36 (95.0) 15 (79.0) 18 (100.0) 3 (100.0)
 At least 1 skilled provider 38 (95.0) 19 (100.0) 16 (88.9) 3 (100.0)
Total composite score
 Mean (SD) 5.8 (1.8) 4.8 (1.6) 6.8 (1.5) 6.3 (2.5)
 Median (Range) 6.0 (2.0-9.0) 5.0 (2.0-8.0) 7.0 (4.0-9.0) 6.0 (4.0-9.0)
Average number of deliveries (monthly) 20.1 (15.9) 17.2 (15.0) 22.4 (17.2) 25.0 (14.0)
  1. aThose with no MWH but with designated areas for waiting mothers are presented separately because they are distinctly different from those with a MWH and from those with no MWH