Table 4

Symptoms and signs recalled by respondents in case studies

Maternal deaths

Case 1

Case 2

Case 3

Case 4

Case 5

Case 6

Case 7

Case 8


Retained placenta

Postpartum haemorrhage

Prolonged labour

Fainting during pregnancy

Jaundice

Twin pregnancy

Neonatal deaths a

Case 1

Case 2

Case 3

Case 4

Case 5

Case 6

Case 7

Case 8

Suckling stopped

Shortness of breath

Yellow colour

Fever

No cry

Blue colour

Time of death

13 days

2 hours

12 days

5 mins

15 days

30 mins

14 days

5 days


a Two case studies of neonatal deaths have been omitted from this table, since they were felt to be exceptional. In one case, the baby died in hospital after operative delivery. In the other, preterm twins died shortly after birth.

Mesko et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2003 3:3   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-3-3

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