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Category: Quality of Maternal Health Care

Improving the Quality of Maternal and Newborn Health in Low-Resource Settings: Lessons From the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Program

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As we work to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and achieve equity in care, the global health community realizes the need to increase efforts to ensure access to quality maternity services. We can draw some valuable lessons on quality care from our experience over the past three years with Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL). This public-private partnership has produced impressive improvements in maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing all three of the delays to receiving quality care: seeking appropriate care; accessing care in a timely manner; and receiving high quality, woman-centered care...read more

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Measuring the Quality of Family Planning

In October 2015, researchers, programmers and policymakers gathered in Bellagio, Italy to discuss strategies for improving, standardizing and simplifying the measurement of quality in family planning. The resulting papers, along with commentaries from Dominic Montagu and Kim Longfield, were published by Metrics for Management in late 2016. The papers in this series provide an opportunity to review and learn from what has already been done and work towards consensus on a more effective measurement strategy moving forward...read more

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Kangaroo Mother Care: A Strategy to Improve the Quality of Postpartum Care

Raising awareness of the value of kangaroo mother care in all global healthcare settings is a key public health strategy towards realizing Sustainable Development Goal 3—particularly the target for preventable neonatal deaths, which are often prematurity-related. For KMC to be implemented and scaled more widely, a paradigm shift needs to occur away from routine care practices in the early postnatal period involving the separation of mothers and babies and towards a “zero-separation” model of care...read more

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Communities Demanding Quality Maternity Care

George Nkhoma is a midwife in Malawi. Growing up without a mother - because she died while giving birth to him - has made George passionate about the state of maternal and newborn care in the country. The zealous midwife is now an advocate for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) for White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) in Malawi, and his community recognizes him as being exemplary in his work as he is very helpful and, unlike other midwives, treats them with respect. But George is often seen as the exception...read more

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New “Quality of Maternal Health Care” Blog Series: Call for Submissions

The quality of care a woman receives during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum affects her health, the health of her child and the likelihood that she will seek health care in the future. The MHTF is thrilled to announce our new blog series, “Quality of Maternal Health Care”. If you are working on something related to quality of maternal health care, or if you want to share a unique perspective on this topic, please submit your blog post to us...read more

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Improving Quality of Antenatal Care: New Guidelines From the World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience

The World Health Organization has released a new set of antenatal care recommendations to improve maternal and perinatal health worldwide. The guidelines seek to reduce the global burden of stillbirths, reduce pregnancy complications and provide all women and adolescents with a positive pregnancy experience...read more

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Ensuring Quality in Private Maternity Care

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One of the most challenging areas of maternal health is measuring, improving and assuring quality of care. Measuring the quality of maternal health care can be particularly difficult, especially surrounding labor and delivery. Maternal mortality and morbidity outcomes can be misleading indicators of quality, and data on the content of care is extremely limited. For private maternity care providers, investing in continuous quality measurement and improvement can be a real hurdle. Particularly for small, independent providers, time is money and taking on complex, continuous quality improvement processes is unrealistic. However, our experience working with private providers demonstrates that they are eager to invest in quality improvement measures...read more

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