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Assessing the competence of midwives to provide care during labor, childbirth and the immediate postpartum period - A cross sectional study in Tigray region, Ethiopia

Journal Article
(Published November, 2018)
Goshu, M. (Author),
Godefay, H. (Author),
Bihonegn, F. (Author),
Ayalew, F. (Author),
Haileselassie, D. (Author),
Kebede, A. (Author),
Temam, G. (Author),
Gidey, G. (Author)
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A cross-sectional study collected data through direct observation of the performance of 144 midwives selected from 57 health facilities at public health facilities in Tigray, Ethiopia.  Competence of midwives was found to be low to provide safe and quality maternity care in the region. Male gender, availability of complete job aids and receiving recognition/awards for better performance predicted competence. Tigray regional health bureau and health development partners are working on improving maternal and child health. Competence based in-service training, on-the-job mentoring, updated standard job aids, and recognition of high performing midwives are recommended to improve the quality of maternity care in regional public health facilities.  Affirmative recruiting actions, including on-the-job training and supervision, are needed to improve the competence of female midwives.

 

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Goshu M, Godefay H, Bihonegn F, Ayalew F, Haileselassie D, Kebede A, et al. Assessing the competence of midwives to provide care during labor, childbirth and the immediate postpartum period - A cross sectional study in Tigray region, Ethiopia. PloS one. 2018;13(10):e0206414