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Table 1 Results of the Frere Maternity Hospital audits before and after opening the OMBU

From: Audit of a new model of birth care for women with low risk pregnancies in South Africa: the primary care onsite midwife-led birth unit (OMBU)

  Frere OU 2011 Frere OU 2012/3 OMBU 2012/3 Frere OU + OMBU 2012/3
Mothers giving birth 6352 5764 1611 7375
Babies born 6470 5875 1613 7488
Perinatal deaths 268 250 2 252
Perinatal mortality/1000 41 43 1 34
Maternal deaths 14 6 0 6
Maternal mortality/100000 220 104 0 81
Caesarean sections 2412 2574 0 2574
Caesarean sections (%) 38% 45% 0 35%