BOLDly Redefining High Quality Care During Labor and Delivery

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By: Sarah Hodin, MPH, CD(DONA), LCCE, National Senior Manager of Maternal Newborn Health Programs, Steward Health Care

The International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics recently published a special supplement highlighting findings and lessons learned from implementing the World Health Organization’s Better Outcome in Labor Difficulty (BOLD) project in Nigeria and Uganda. In an effort to reduce stillbirths and perinatal deaths by improving quality care during labor and delivery, the BOLD project team developed two innovations:

  1. Simplified, Effective, Labor Monitoring-to-Action (SELMA): An evidence-based, user-friendly tool to help providers make decisions about labor management.
  2. Passport to Safer Birth: A model of care co-designed with women, health care providers and communities to promote respectful maternity care.

Each of the open access papers focuses on a specific aspect of the project’s implementation and discoveries.


Turning local knowledge and experience into innovative tools for quality care during labor and childbirth: The BOLD project experience

Qualitative studies

Clinical articles

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