Aziza Abdullah M. Al-Harbi, Rajaa M. Al-Raddadi


Recently, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has witnessed a progressive decrease in maternal mortality rate. A study conducted by (Najimudeen, M. et al, 2018), reveal that, the reduction of maternal mortality rates in the community is envisaged through greater patient acceptance of medical advice, family spacing and proficient obstetric services. The main objective of the current study is to examine the trends of maternal mortality rate per 10,000 live births during a 10-years period (2005 – 2014), and to assess the reporting of maternal mortality trends at Tabuk region hospitals, in Saudi Arabia. Methods: The descriptive approach was used to collect data needed, using two questionnaire methods, RAMOS questionnaire with sample size (34) cases of maternal mortality. Descriptive and inferential statistics techniques used for data analysis by using (SPSS) version 20. Findings: The study concluded that the majority of deaths among reproductive women have happened for normal reasons, the study showed that around 88.0% of maternal deaths at the age category (25-44) years, and the MMR during the period (2005-to 2014) is reaching 12.2% for (106,326) of live birth. The results reveal that, there is a statistically significant positive association between maternal death registration reports and healthcare workers' knowledge in most hospitals. Conclusion: The study concluded that there is underreporting of maternal mortality index. The study recommended that it is necessary to improve the maternal mortality registration via supporting registration systems and biostatistics and use of customized calculators creating a system for maternal mortality registration to report about maternal mortality deaths and developing a committee to monitor and follow maternal mortality registration.

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