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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 5, Issue 3, 2013 pp 132-136

Research Article

Social Correlates and Causes of Maternal Mortality in Tertiary Care Hospital Latur, Maharashtra


L. B. Godale1, A. S. Yende2*

1Head of Department, Department of Community Medicine Government Medical College, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.

2Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Background: Maternal death is a tragic situation as these deaths are not caused by disease but occurred during or after natural process. It one of the leading cause of death of women of reproductive age in many parts of world. Most maternal deaths and pregnancy complications can be prevented if women have access to good quality health care. Objectives: To study social correlates, outcome of pregnancy, causes and risk factors associated with maternal mortality. Method: Retrospective analysis of maternal deaths case sheets of 2011 and 2012 in Government Medical College and Hospital Latur were retrieved and variables such as age place of residency, occupation, parity, booking status, pregnancy outcome were studied. Chi-square test was applied. Results: (58.9%) maternal deaths were in 19-24 yrs age group and rural area (82.36%). (47.17%) of each were from landless labourers and household workers, (52.94%) were illiterates, (20.58%) were unbooked. (67.7%) were primigravida,(67.64%) were in postpartum,(44.11%) of each were live births and intrauterine deaths, (88.4%) were due to direct obstetric, (11.6%) due to indirect causes .Antepartum and postpartum haemorrhage was leading cause of death (38.2%). Conclusion: Timely recognition of the problem, early referral and skilled care at medical facility will help to decrease high maternal mortality ratio.