Journal Article

Evoking the guardian angel: childbirth care in a Palestinian hospital

2007
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Abstract
The purpose of this study was to assess the quality of maternity care in a large, public, Palestinian referral hospital, as a first step in developing interventions to improve safety and quality of maternity care. Provider interviews, observation and interviews with women were used to understand the barriers to improved care and prepare providers to be receptive to change. Some of the inappropriate practices identified were forbidding female labour companions, routine use of oxytocin to accelerate labour, restriction of mobility during labour and frequent vaginal examinations. Magnesium sulfate was not used for pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, and post-partum haemorrhage was a frequent occurrence. Severe understaffing of midwives, insufficient supervision and lack of skills led to inadequate care. Use of evidence-based practices which promote normal labour is critical in settings where resources are scarce and women have large families. The report of this assessment and dissemination meetings with providers, hospital managers, policymakers and donors were a reality check for all involved, and an intervention plan to improve quality of care was approved. In spite of the ongoing climate of crisis and whatever else may be going on, women continue to give birth and to want kindness and good care for themselves and their newborns. This is perhaps where the opportunity for change should begin.
Year
2007
Language
English
Date Published
Nov
Volume
15
Pages
103-13
Accession Number
17938075
ISBN Number
0968-8080 (Print)0968-8080 (Linking)
Journal Name
Reprod Health Matters
Keywords
Arabs
Quality of Health Care
Adult
Female
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Israel
Medical Audit
Observation
Obstetrical Nursing
Standards
Pregnancy
Referral and Consultation