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A case for updating the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist to improve newborn care: Experience from seven Asia and Pacific countries

Sobel, HL, Murray, JCS, Mannava, P, Mathai, Matthews ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7352-9330 and Silvestre, MAA (2021) 'A case for updating the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist to improve newborn care: Experience from seven Asia and Pacific countries'. Acta Paediatrica, Vol 110, Issue 2, pp. 404-408.

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Abstract

The WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist (the SCC) is a clinical tool developed to help health workers follow evidence‐based maternal and perinatal care practices at childbirth. Newborn delivery care practices at facilities in 7 countries in East Asia and the Pacific were compared to practices checked by the SCC. The analysis found that the SCC does not incorporate several key evidence‐based practices around birth demonstrated to prevent newborn morbidity or mortality, or harmful practices associated with increased risks. A revision of the standard SCC is needed to maximize its potential to improve newborn outcomes. This can be initiated under the coordinating umbrella of WHO, but must ensure that the realities of labor and childbirth practices in low and middle‐income countries are considered and addressed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 420 Newborn infants. Neonatology
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.15567
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 14:02
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 10:16
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/15538

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