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Table 3 Underlying causes of potentially life-threatening conditions and severe maternal outcomes

From: Maternal near miss and quality of maternal health care in Baghdad, Iraq

  Women with potentially life-threatening conditions Maternal near-miss cases Maternal deaths
  N= 212 N= 129 N= 16
  n % n % n %
Underlying causes       
Pregnancy with abortive outcome 44 20.75% 6 4.65% 1 6.25%
Obstetric Hemorrhage 99 46.70% 85 65.89% 7 43.75%
Hypertensive disorders 49 23.11% 27 20.93% 4 25.00%
Pregnancy-related infection 9 4.25% 4 3.10% 1 6.25%
Other obstetric disease or complication 28 13.21% 22 17.05% 1 6.25%
Medical/Surgical/Mental disease or complication 38 17.92% 26 20.16% 5 31.25%
Unanticipated complications of management 14 6.60% 11 8.53% 1 6.25%
Coincidental conditions 10 4.72% 8 6.20% 2 12.50%
Unknown 4 1.89% 3 2.33% 1 6.25%
Contributory causes / associated conditions       
Anemia 96 45.28% 71 55.04% 8 50.00%
HIV infection 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Previous caesarean section 74 34.91% 58 44.96% 7 43.75%
Prolonged / obstructed labor 28 13.21% 21 16.28% 3 18.75%