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

Volume 8, Issue 3, October 2013 pp 279-283

Research Article

Study of Causes of Maternal Mortality Over a Decade


Patil (Dawle) C. S.1, Baravkar P. N.2

1Associate Professor, Department of OBGY, MIMSR Medical College, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.

2Assistant Professor, Department of OBGY, Government Medical College, Latur, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.


Introduction: Maternal mortality is an important indicator of the reproductive health of the society, overall effectiveness of the obstetric health care system and also of the general health care system of that country. In spite of large efforts from all the Health service levels the set Millennium development goal (MDG-5) for reduction in maternal mortality is still far away. Objectives: A retrospective analysis of maternal deaths over a decade from January 2000 to December 2009 at Swami Ramanand Teerth Rural Medical College and Hospital, Ambajogai was done with objectives of finding maternal mortality rate, analyzing causes of deaths direct and indirect for reducing it with best efforts. Results: In all 88 maternal deaths were recorded in 10 years from 2000-2009 among 52946 live births giving maternal mortality rate of 1.66/1000 live births. Of these 68 deaths were due to direct causes like ecclampsia and preeclampsia, haemorrhage and sepsis with major culprit being preeclampsia-eclampsia.  20 deaths were because of indirect cause. Major culprit being anemia, pulmonary embolism and liver diseases mainly infective hepatitis. Conclusions: Registration of all pregnant mothers for antenatal care, screening of high risk cases, early diagnosis and timely referral of critically ill mothers to higher centers will help in reducing the maternal mortality ratio substantially.