Knowledge ,Attitude, and Factors Affecting Practice of Partograph by Professional Birth Attendants

Luwam Woldemichael, Misgana Kidane, Ghidey Ghebreyohans


partograph to document the assessment of maternal and fetal condition that enables appropriate decision making it is not being used at OINRMH. As a Conclusion; the knowledge and skills of partograph and its routine use by professional birth attendants is recommended by WHO and the International Confederation of Midwives while caring for a mother during labor, which is lacking at OINRMH. Thus the research team recommend, continuous in service training, up-to-date reading materials and supportive supervision should be in place.

Since most life-threatening complications occurring during labor and delivery, it cannot be predicted or prevented. Therefore interventions to address the global burden of maternal and neonatal death and disability should focus on quality of care during intra-partum period. The Partograph is an essential tool for decision-making during labor and is proved to prevent prolonged labor. Thus this study is aimed to assess the level of knowledge attitude and practice and major factors affecting the use of partograph by the professional birth attendants (PBAs) in Orotta Integrated National Referral Maternity Hospital (OINRMH). The quality of midwifery care provided in this hospital is of paramount importance because it is core teaching and maternity care provision center, that shapes and equips future medical professionals. A health facility based cross sectional study was conducted from July 7 to September 9, 2015 among all professional birth attendants (PBAs) who were actively working in the waiting (labor) and delivery wards. Data was collected using a self-developed structured questionnaires with open and closed ended questions covering the thematic areas of the study. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS version 20. Chi square (c2) test was applied to assess if there was any significant association among the variables under study. The Results shows that on the average about (65%)of the study participants had moderate knowledge about partograph. Nevertheless the knowledge on specific important variables is found to be low. Those who are in the age groups of 20-27 and single had better knowledge of partograph. Despite their positive attitude toward the advantage of using.


Partograph; Professional birth attendants Orrota integrated national referral maternity hospital.

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