ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Stairway to Death

Maternal Mortality beyond Numbers

This article explores the non-medical causes of maternal deaths to understand if these deaths could have been prevented with timely care. It is based on a study of maternal deaths in two blocks of Godda district of Jharkhand over a period of one year. These deaths were concentrated among young women from poor, marginalised households. Delays at different levels owing to improper and multiple referrals by facilities, absence of easily accessible and quality emergency obstetric care, lack of transport facilities and high out-of-pocket expenditure seem to be the main non-medical factors for the high maternal mortality rate.

We thank T K Sundari Ravindran for her guidance and Praveen G Pai as well as A Shibulal for their inputs in the early phase of the study. We express our sincere gratitude to all who shared their experience with us.

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