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The challenge of improving perinatal care in settings with limited resources: Observations of midwifery practices in Mozambique
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique.
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique.
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2006 (English)In: African Journal of Reproductive Health, ISSN 1118-4841, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 47-61Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to observe and analyse midwifery care routines related to asphyxia and hypothermia during the perinatal period and to investigate the effect of an in-service education program. A direct non-participant pre- and post-intervention observation study of midwifery a performance during childbirth was conducted at a labour ward in Maputo. The observed groups consisted of 702 and 616 midwifery-attended deliveries. Examination was also conducted of the partographs (702 vs. 616). The quality of midwifery care related to prevention and early detection of asphyxia and hypothermia was found to be inadequate and the intervention had no significant effect upon the midwives' performances. This could be attributed to the quality of the intervention itself or to failure of implementing managerial decisions such as transfer of partograph documentation from obstetricians to midwives. Change in professional performance does not automatically follow awareness of evidence-based midwifery practices, but requires behavioural change, which may be more difficult to achieve.

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2006. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 47-61
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3521Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33750092569OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3521DiVA, id: diva2:116186
Available from: 2007-06-04 Created: 2007-06-04 Last updated: 2015-07-07Bibliographically approved

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