Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Care seeking at time of childbirth, and maternal and perinatal mortality in Matlab, Bangladesh

Carine Ronsmans, Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury, Marge Koblinsky & Anisuddin Ahmed

Volume 88, Number 4, April 2010, 289-296

Table 2. Maternal mortality by year of birth and highest level of care at pregnancy termination, birth or death, Matlab, Bangladesh, 1987–2005

Year of birth No skilled obstetric care
Basic obstetric care only
Comprehensive obstetric care
% of pregnancies Maternal mortality ratioa (95% CI) % of pregnancies Maternal mortality ratioa (95% CI) % of pregnancies Maternal mortality ratioa (95% CI)
1987–1991 89.5 207 (141–294) 8.3 644 (295–1223) 2.1 7263 (4745–10 641)
1992–1996 81.8 219 (143–321) 14.1 538 (268–962) 4.1 2707 (1548–4396)
1997–2001 75.9 96 (48–172) 20.2 296 (136–563) 4.0 2174 (1158–3717)
2002–2005 57.4 68 (22–158) 31.9 171 (69–352) 10.7 653 (299–1240)
Yearly trend 0.92 (0.88–0.96) 0.90 (0.85–0.96) 0.85 (0.81–0.89)

CI, confidence interval.
a Maternal deaths per 100 000 pregnancies.

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