Percent of women in the past 3 months for whom a partograph was completed

Percent of women in the past 3 months for whom a partograph was completed.

Number of women for whom a partograph was completed in the past 3 months.

Number of women admitted to the labour and childbirth ward in the past 3 months.

Age, place of residence, socioeconomic status, type of facility.

Number of facility-based deliveries monitored with a partograph; number of de­liveries at the facility during the reference period (e.g., 3 months, 12 months)

See also: Percent of deliveries in which a partogram is correctly used

Generally available through birth records and/or partographs, birth unit registry, patient records, and/or chart review.

The partograph displays the dynamics of labor during the first stage of delivery. It records fetal condition, la­bor progress, and maternal condition with the aim of alerting health professionals to any problems with the mother or baby. In this way, the partograph acts as an "early warning sys­tem" that detects insufficient uterine action and/or cephalopelvic disproportion leading to obstructed la­bor (WHO, 1991a).

If properly used, the partogram helps reduce prolonged labor and its sequelae through earlier referral. Midwives, physicians, and nurses at all levels can learn to use and interpret partograms correctly, and thus can reduce cases of prolonged labor, maternal morbidity, and peri­natal mortality (Schwarcz, Díaz, and Nieto, 1990).

A low score on this indicator may reveal a need for ad­ditional interventions, such as on-the-job training or refresher tutorials for staff. 

Safety of care, Process of Care, Obstetric care, Labor and delivery, Intrapartum care, Maternal health

World Health Organization (WHO). Consultation on Improving Measurement of the Quality of Maternal, Newborn and Child Care in Health Facilities.; 2013.

MEASURE Evaluation. FP and Reproductive Health Indicators Database — MEASURE Evaluation. 

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