Maternal mortality: A challenge in achieving Millennium Development Goals

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Modern Sciences and Technologies, School of Medicine,Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad,Iran

2 Vice Chancellery for Health, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences


Introduction: Reducing the labour by an unskilful person is an important strategy in promotion of mother's health and reducing the maternal mortality as the fifth millennium development goals.
Methods: This retrospective and descriptive study was accomplishd in 2010.The samples were 189 Iranian mothers with labour by unskilful person in urban and rural area affiliated to Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. The data was gathered through a researchers made questionnaire and filled by interview or using medical records and analyzed by SPSS 11.5.
Results: The results showed that the average age of mothers was 29.6±7.6 .The lowest and highest age was 16 and 49 respectively. The majority were illiterate or had primary education level (91.2%).About 68.1% of deliveries were in rurul area.The most cause of labour at home was due to fast delivery(26.9%).
Conclusion: According to results ,recommending to mothers to have safe delivery in equipped centers and recruiting skillful midwives for home delivery are key strategies in reducing labour by unskillful person which can be efficient in reducing maternal mortality for achieving the MDG5.