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Type Journal Article - BMC pregnancy and childbirth
Title Quality of Midwife-provided Intrapartum Care in Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia
Author(s)
Volume 17
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 261
URL https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-017-1441-2
Abstract
Background
Despite much progress recently, Ethiopia remains one of the largest contributors to the global burden of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Ethiopia’s plan to meet the sustainable development goals for maternal and child health includes unprecedented emphasis on improving quality of care. The purpose of this study was to assess the quality of midwifery care during labor, delivery and immediate postpartum period.

Methods
A cross-sectional study using multiple data collection methods and a 2-stage cluster sampling technique was conducted from January 25 to February 14, 2015 in government health facilities of the Amhara National Regional State of Ethiopia. Direct observation of performance was used to determine competence of midwives in providing care during labor, delivery, and the first 6 h after childbirth. Inventory of drugs, medical equipment, supplies, and infrastructure was conducted to identify availability of resources in health facilities. Structured interview was done to assess availability of resources and performance improvement opportunities. Data analysis involved calculating percentages, means and chi-square tests.

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