Quality of care during childbirth: the voice of women, families and communities

Sr. Santina Acan orients a mother on breatfeeding after delivery Sr. Santina Acan orients a mother on breatfeeding after delivery at Dr. Ambrosoli memorial hospital, Kalongo's maternity ward in Agago District, Uganda in June 2016. ©UNICEF/Bongyereirwe

21.12.2017

The International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) has just published a special supplement, sharing findings of the WHO “Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty” (BOLD) study.

The supplement ‘Formative research and development of innovative tools for “Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty’ (BOLD) highlights how from the perspectives of individuals, their families and communities, high-quality care is that which is delivered with respect, with skill, and in accordance with their needs and preferences.

The supplement includes four qualitative analyses exploring quality of care during childbirth from the perspective of Nigerian and Ugandan women, and of healthcare providers in both countries, and looking at the communication and emotional support needs to improve women's experience of childbirth care and the expectations and needs of women in this regard.

The Supplement also includes one paper outlining the process of developing negotiated standards for quality care, and two papers using innovative service design methods to develop human-centered solutions to improve maternity care experiences in Nigeria and Uganda.

See the full supplement (open access)

More information on the BOLD project

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