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Respectful Maternity Care During Antenatal And Labour

Course Content

  1. Introduction
  • Discuss maternal mortality and causes linking it to ANC
  • Importance of ANC
  1. Definition of Antenatal Care (ANC)
  • Aims of ANC
  • Discuss causes and key areas of disrespect during ANC
  • Reception of client and the partner to the clinic
  1. Health assessment (History Taking, Physical and abdominal examination)
  2. Composition of birth plan and its importance to mitigate disrespect during labour Definition of labour
  3. Stages of labour: Identify key areas of disrespect during labour and delivery
  • Pain relief (Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological pain relief)
  • Vagina examination
  • Use of preferred position by client during the second stage
  • Uninformed Episiotomy
  • Informed consent and decision making
  • Reception of the client and birth companion
  • Management of first stage of labour
  • Monitoring using the partograph
  • Profile of the client
  • Foetal condition
  • Progress of labour
  • Maternal condition
  • Plotting and interpretation of the partograph


Instructional Strategies / Teaching-Learning Approaches:

  1. Online: Participants would be taken through health assessment delineating areas of disrespect and how to mitigate them and details of birth preparedness emphasizing on birth plan. Effective communication: The do’s and do not during care
  2. Face-to-face interaction: Participant will be asked to perform physical and abdominal examination with respect to RMC. (OSCE).


Assessment Strategies

  • Pretest – 5 questions
  • Post-test -10 questions (80% to pass mark)


Certification for completion – YES


Course Description

This unit is structured to equip midwives with knowledge on Respectful Maternity Care (RMC). It will also equip them with the appropriate skill and attitude to exhibit when providing high quality maternal care during antenatal and labour

What you will learn

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
a. Discuss Respectful Maternity Care (RMC)
b. Identify the component of health history
c. Take History and perform physical examination
d. Inco-operate RMC in the Management of a client in labour (All stages)

Competencies to be derived

1. Understand RMC concept
2. Know types of health history take during antenatal care

3. Perform physical examination using RMC
4. Demonstrate high quality care during labour

5. Promote psychological well-being during labour

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