Simple training could make birth safer
Simple, cheap training for nurses and midwives might make birth safer for moms and babies, according to a study in 125 public health facilities in Uganda. Hundreds of nurses, midwives, and doctors received the training — which included peer mentoring and simulation-based lessons — in the facilities where they worked. The training was tied to a 62 percent decrease in newborn death and a 17 percent decline in postpartum hemorrhage, a common cause of maternal death. Stillbirths shortly before delivery also fell. “This intervention could be scaled up nationally to produce further declines,” the authors write. But they note there's still a need for more research into how to help nurses and midwives stay on top of skills they don't use often.