Intrapartum Care

Testing the new intrapartum care model and the new World Health Organization labour monitoring tool: a feasibility study


The Intrapartum Care project was started in 2017 and has been ongoing, including different steps: 

- The new WHO recommendations on Intrapartum Care for a Positive Childbirth Experience were published in January 2018. To implement these recommendations, we started by updating the South African Intrapartum Care guidelines, involving all relevant stakeholders. Concurrently to the development of the guidelines, the partogram in the Maternity Case Record has been updated and is currently being distributed by the National Department of Health countrywide.

- Currently, a pilot study is being conducted at Pretoria West District Hospital to assess the feasibility of the new WHO recommendations and new labour monitoring tools for our South African setting.

- In the future, we may plan a randomised trial comparing “the standard management” and “the new WHO labour management”.

Intrapartum Care in South Africa - Updated Guideline, March 2019 

Click here to view the guideline 


Pattinson RC, Hlongwane TM, Vannevel V. Challenges to improve antenatal and intrapartum care in South Africa. South African Medical Journal. 2019 Dec 5;109(11b):15-9. doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i11b.14248


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