Additionally, most maternal and baby deaths occur in the first week after birth, yet currently it is estimated only 48% of women and babies globally receive postnatal care. Care in the period following birth is critical not only for survival but also for the future health and development of both the mother and her baby.
Developed in 2017 by the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health/LSTM in collaboration with more than fifty maternal and newborn health experts across ten low and middle-income countries, a competency-based workshop package for healthcare providers working in low and middle-income countries addresses the identified health needs of mothers and babies during and after pregnancy with integration of care across three main diseases – HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The workshop package covers what is needed to meet the physical, mental and social aspects of maternal and newborn health. The focus is on evidence-based screening, therapeutic interventions and health promotion during and after pregnancy. It also supports healthcare providers regarding how they can provide respectful maternity care and screen for and manage domestic violence and depression during and after pregnancy.
The package consists of:
‘Training of the trainers’: standardised training of facilitators to deliver the workshop.
Facilitator Manual: a resource for facilitators which consists of 52 interactive stations and modules that form the basis of the workshop.
Five-day interactive workshop: the workshop is delivered over 5 days using a multidisciplinary approach including short lectures (15%), simulation training (40%), case scenarios and workshops (30%), mentoring/peer-to-peer support (5%) and in-course monitoring and evaluation to assess the impact of training (10%)
Participant Manual: a comprehensive pre-course resource for healthcare providers covering all aspects of antenatal and postnatal care
In-built assessment: monitoring and evaluation to measure increase in skills and knowledge.