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Table 1 Distribution of women who died due to pregnancy related causes by socio-demographic characteristics, Kersa HDSS, 2008–2014

From: Magnitude, trends and causes of maternal mortality among reproductive aged women in Kersa health and demographic surveillance system, eastern Ethiopia

Variables All pregnancy related deaths (n = 72)
Maternal deaths, no (%) Non-maternal deaths, no (%)
Age
15–19 5 (11.6) 5 (17.2)
20–29 21 (48.8) 8 (27.6)
30–39 13 (30.2) 15 (51.7)
40–49 4 (9.3) 1(3.4)
Marital status
Never married 1 (2.4) 0
Married 39 (90.7) 28 (96.6)
Widowed 3 (6.9) 1 (3.4)
Occupational status
Farmer 5 (11.6) 4 (13.8)
House maid 4 (9.3) 2 (6.9)
House wife 31 (72.1) 20 (69)
Merchant 1 (2.3) 1 (3.4)
Student 2 (4.7) 0
Daily labourer 0 2 (6.9)
Educational status
Illiterate 36 (83.7) 25 (86.2)
Grade 1–4 2 (4.7) 3 (10.3)
Grade 5–8 2 (4.7) 1 (3.4)
Grade 9–10 2 (4.7) 0 (0.0)
Grade 12+ 1 (2.3) 0 (0.0)
Ethnicity
Oromo 40 (93.1) 29 (100)
Amhara 3 (6.9) 0 (0.0)
Religion
Muslim 40 (93.1) 29 (100)
Orthodox Christian 3 (6.9) 0 (0.0)
Residence
Urban 5 (11.6) 4 (13.8)
Rural 38 (88.4) 25 (86.2)