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The obstetric pathology of poverty: maternal mortality in Kep province, Cambodia.
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PMID:  18270505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To conduct a baseline assessment study of maternal mortality in the province of Kep, Cambodia. METHODS: We evaluated maternal mortality in Kep using a structured questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered to women who were deemed the best respondents, and it included a verbal autopsy portion. The best respondent answered questions regarding a recent maternal death in the area, and the cause of death was identified. FINDINGS: Five maternal deaths were recorded in this study. Since 523 births were documented in the district for the last year, the maternal mortality rate for the province is 956/100,000. The cause of death for one woman was unknown. The other women most likely suffered from infection, eclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage and antepartum hemorrhage. The maternal mortality ratio may be an underestimate, given the stigma associated with reporting maternal deaths, especially when associated with traditional delivery practices.
Amitha Kalaichandran; David Zakus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  World health & population     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1718-3340     ISO Abbreviation:  World Health Popul     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-13     Completed Date:  2008-03-25     Revised Date:  2010-01-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101307691     Medline TA:  World Health Popul     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  38-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cambodia / epidemiology
Cross-Sectional Studies
Developing Countries
Interviews as Topic
Maternal Mortality
Obstetric Labor Complications / mortality*
Poverty Areas
Pregnancy Complications / mortality*

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