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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of women with pregnancy related deaths by province: South Africa 2007–2015

From: Maternal mortality by socio-demographic characteristics and cause of death in South Africa: 2007–2015

CharacteristicWCECNCFSKZNNWGTMPLPOTHERALL
Maternal age
 10–144 (2.7)31 (20.9)5 (3.4)12 (8.1)37 (25.0)10 (6.8)23 (15.5)12 (8.1)13 (8.8)1 (0.7)148 (1.0)
 15–1980 (5.2)244 (16.0)35 (2.3)120 (7.9)397 (26.0)99 (6.5)254 (16.6)129 (8.5)167 (10.9)1 (0.1)1526 (10.2)
 20–24179 (5.9)372 (12.3)53 (1.8)261 (8.6)739 (24.4)223 (7.4)613 (20.3)293 (9.7)287 (9.5)7 (0.2)3027 (20.3)
 25–29256 (6.8)460 (12.3)86 (2.3)273 (7.3)819 (21.9)285 (7.6)834 (22.3)332 (8.9)395 (10.5)7 (0.2)3747 (25.2)
 30–34184 (5.8)386 (12.2)69 (2.2)258 (8.1)647 (20.4)280 (8.8)730 (23.0)288 (9.1)325 (10.2)7 (0.2)3174 (21.3)
 35–39115 (6.0)223 (11.6)35 (1.8)149 (7.7)357 (18.5)163 (8.4)470 (24.4)174 (9.0)236 (12.2)8 (0.4)1930 (13.0)
 40+91 (6.8)192 (14.3)41 (3.1)131 (9.8)240 (17.9)116 (8.7)259 (19.3)122 (9.1)144 (10.7)4 (0.3)1340 (9.0)
Maternal education
 None15 (3.8)51 (12.8)20 (5.0)28 (7.0)90 (22.5)40 (10.0)46 (11.5)55 (13.8)52 (13.0)3 (0.8)400 (2.7)
 Primary48 (3.1)255 (16.7)52 (3.4)192 (12.6)354 (23.2)133 (8.7)139 (9.1)190 (12.4)160 (10.5)5 (0.3)1528 (10.3)
 High School110 (2.2)682 (13.7)105 (2.1)517 (10.4)1313 (26.3)264 (5.3)705 (14.1)623 (12.5)657 (13.2)7 (0.1)4983 (33.5)
 University19 (1.7)117 (10.7)20 (1.8)99 (9.0)281 (25.7)54 (4.9)214 (19.6)133 (12.2)153 (14.0)4 (0.4)1094 (7.3)
 Unspecified717 (10.4)803 (11.7)127 (1.8)368 (5.3)1198 (17.4)685 (9.9)2079 (30.2)349 (5.1)545 (7.9)16 (0.2)6887 (46.2)
Marital status
 Unmarried490 (4.7)1293 (12.4)248 (2.4)762 (7.3)2648 (25.4)878 (8.4)1938 (18.6)1025 (9.8)1111 (10.7)22 (0.2)10,415 (69.9)
 Married176 (7.1)401 (16.1)40 (1.6)277 (11.2)332 (13.4)158 (6.4)539 (21.7)234 (9.4)318 (12.8)8 (0.3)2483 (16.7)
 Unspecified243 (12.2)214 (10.7)36 (1.8)165 (8.3)256 (12.8)140 (7.0)706 (35.4)91 (4.6)138 (6.9)5 (0.3)1994 (13.4)
Occupation
 Professional19 (5.0)49 (12.9)5 (1.3)37 (9.7)76 (20.0)15 (3.9)88 (23.2)47 (12.4)43 (11.3)1 (0.3)380 (2.6)
 Semi-professional76 (6.7)125 (11.0)54 (4.8)119 (10.5)196 (17.3)82 (7.2)158 (13.9)176 (15.5)144 (12.7)4 (0.4)1134 (7.6)
 Unspecified97 (4.8)250 (12.3)38 (1.9)167 (8.2)519 (25.5)158 (7.7)448 (22.2)182 (8.9179 (8.8)1 (0.0)2039 (13.7)
 Non-professionala717 (6.3)1484 (13.1)227 (2.0)881 (7.8)2445 (21.6)921 (8.1)2489 (22.0)945 (8.3)1201 (10.6)29 (0.311,339 (76.1
Death Place
 Hospital579 (5.3)1435 (13.2)225 (2.1)876 (8.1)2537 (23.4)767 (7.1)2291 (21.1)976 (9.0)1155 (10.6)18 (0.210,859 (72.9)
 Home52 (3.5)168 (11.4)34 (2.3)198 (13.4)295 (19.9)168 (11.4)186 (12.6)222 (15.0)150 (10.1)7 (0.5)1480 (9.9)
 Unspecified278 (10.9)305 (11.9)65 (2.5)130 (5.1)404 (15.8)241 (9.4)706 (27.7)152 (6.0)262 (10.3)10 (0.4)2553 (17.1)
 Total909 (6.1)1908 (12.8)324 (2.2)1204 (8.1)3236 (21.7)1176 (7.9)3183 (21.4)1350 (9.1)1567 (10.5)35 (.2)14,892 (100)
  1. aThis category is classified by StatsSA as inclusive of armed forces, occupation unspecified and not elsewhere classified
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