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Table 2 Characteristics of pregnant women in the study (N= 1215)

From: Maternal near-miss and mortality in Sayaboury Province, Lao PDR

Characteristics Number (%)
Districts  
Xienghorn 159 (13.1)
Sayaboury 470 (38.7)
Park lay 347 (28.6)
Kaenthao 239 (19.6)
Age (years)  
< 19 140 (11.5)
19-34 992 (81.7)
≥ 35 83 (6.8 )
Mean (±SD) 24.4 (±5.6)
Height (cm)  
< 145 46 (3.7)
145-160 1065 (87.5)
161-170 104 (8.5)
Mean (±SD) 153.4 (±5.7)
Weight (kg)  
cpr< 40 6 (0.5)
40 – 69 1178 (97.0)
≥ 70 31(2.6)
Mean (±SD) 53.0 (±7.0)
Religion  
Buddhist 947 (78)
Catholic 46 (4)
Believer inspirits 222 (18.3)
Education  
Illiteracy 109 (9.0)
Primary school 561 (46.2)
Secondary school 409 (33.6)
High school 106 (8.7)
After high school (others) 30 (2.5)
Occupation  
Farmer/laborer 689 (56.7)
Housewife 401 (33.0)
Government officer/private 125 (10.3)
Parity  
0 525 (43.2)
1-2 441 (36.3)
≥ 3 249 (20.5)
Median (range) 2 (2–3)
Place of delivery  
Provincial hospital 332 (27.3)
District hospital 266 (21.9)
Health center 64 (5.3)
Village(home) 525 (43.2)
Other places 28 (2.3)
Ethnic background  
Living in low land area 985 (81.7)
Lao 858 (70.6)
Lue, 73 (6.0)
Gnouan, 47 (3.9)
Thaidam, 5 (0.4)
Other 2 (0.2)
Living in hill tribe area 230 (18.3)
Mong 74 (6.1)
Mien 21 (1.7)
Kamou 115 (9.5)
Pray 20 (1.6)