10. The contribution of non-physician clinician midwives (NPCM) in improving access to emergency obstetric care to rural communities in Ethiopia

May 5, 2021 @ 07:00 – 07:50 UTC Timezone
Room 3, BBB

Speakers: Fekadu Mazengia Alemu and Takele Yeshiwas Atallo

Facilitators: Catherine Shimechero and Sylvia Hamata

Background: Ensuring quality skilled care and accessing emergency cesarean section are universally accepted strategies to avert maternal tragedies. Objectives: the aim was to explore the contribution of non-physician clinician midwives (NPCM) in accessing emergency obstetric care to rural communities in Ethiopia. Methods: An exploratory phenomenology design was done in Ethiopia in 2020. Participants were selected using purposeful maximum variation sampling technique and data was collected from 5 FGDs and 14 KII. Thematic analysis was used. Result: Three major themes were emerged from the qualitative analysis of the transcripts NPCMs has contributed to access to maternal health services and improved client satisfaction, reduce unnecessary referral and increased service volume. However, lack of policy and regulatory documents including scope of practice that recognize Clinical Midwife specialist from both MOH and RHBs found to be a major challenge for underutilization and deployment. Conclusion: Investing in non-physician midwifery education, licensing and deployment can potentially yield a significant fold return on investment in terms of lives saved 

Time: http://bit.ly/VIDoM21-session-10

Recording: https://youtu.be/20YT8lsDAkY