IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 50 / Issue 11 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog5011226
Open Access Original Research
Maternal Deaths in Kayseri: Causes and Risk Factors
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1 Family Phsician Specialist, Health Directorate of Kayseri, 38120 Kayseri, Turkey
2 Family Phsician Specialist, Kayseri City Hospital, 38020 Kayseri, Turkey
3 Public Health Specialist, Health Directorate of Kayseri, 38010 Kayseri, Turkey
*Correspondence: (Mebrure Beyza Gökçek)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2023, 50(11), 226;
Submitted: 10 August 2023 | Revised: 29 September 2023 | Accepted: 11 October 2023 | Published: 25 October 2023
Copyright: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by IMR Press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Background: About a quarter of a million women die from pregnancy-related conditions every year. This study aimed to contribute to the literature by assessing causes and demographic data of maternal deaths in our region. Methods: Our study is retrospective and descriptive. The study sample comprised 36 mothers who died in Kayseri between 2015 and 2019. The assessment was performed on the Provincial Directorate of Health data-“Maternal Death Record Forms”. Patients’ demographic and clinical characteristics and the factors associated with mortality were analyzed. Results: A total of 33 maternal deaths that occurred between 2015 and 2019 were assessed in our study. The mean age of mothers included in the study was 33.3 ± 6.3. Median gestational week was 24.5 (min: 3–max: 39) weeks of pregnancy. The majority of preventable deaths were from indirect causes. Cesarean history was higher in previous pregnancies in preventable maternal deaths (p = 0.006). First-phase and third-phase delay models were higher in preventable maternal deaths (p = 0.008, p = 0.007). Conclusions: The rates of preventable maternal mortality are considerably high. The first-phase delay model has an important place in preventable maternal deaths.

maternal death
maternal mortality
three delays model
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