Women in the reproductive age group comprise a vulnerable section in our society as they are confronted with the dual burden of pregnancy related complications and communicable and non- communicable diseases prevalent in the general population. Women’s unequal access to resources including health care is well known in which stark gender disparities are a reality. Hence, women are less likely to seek health care before illness is well advanced.
Maternal mortality which has been included as one of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is showing a slow progress and is a grave concern of the international community. Worldwide approximately 358 000 maternal deaths occurred in 2008 in 172 countries and territories 1 .