Fistula—a hole between the birth canal and another organ (typically the bladder or rectum)—is a tragic maternal morbidity, particularly in low-resource settings. Obstetric fistula, caused by prolonged or obstructed labor, is the most common type of fistula and often results in a number of physical, emotional and social challenges for women who live with it.
Categories: Maternal Health
Topics: Barriers to Health Care Access Fertility & Miscarriage Fistula Gender-based Violence Intrapartum Care Maternal Mortality Monitoring & Evaluation Newborn Health Obstructed & Prolonged Labor Policy & Advocacy Quality of Care Social Determinants Stillbirth
Ensuring that women receive high quality, respectful maternity care is essential, but designing and implementing indicators to accurately measure women’s experiences can be challenging. Professor Saraswathi Vedam and colleagues recently published two papers describing new measures related to the quality of maternal health care...read more
Topics: Barriers to Health Care Access Facility-based Births Human Resources for Health Inequities & Inequalities Intrapartum Care Midwifery Monitoring & Evaluation Policy & Advocacy Quality of Care Respectful Maternity Care Social Determinants