Journal article

The first 2 h after birth: prevalence and factors associated with neonatal care practices from a multicountry, facility-based, observational study

Emma Sacks, Hedieh Mehrtash, Meghan Bohren, Mamadou Dioulde Balde, Joshua P Vogel, Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Anayda Portela, Adeniyi K Aderoba, Theresa Azonima Irinyenikan, Thae Maung Maung, Soe Soe Thwin, Nwe Oo Mon, Anne-Marie Soumah, Chris Guure, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, A Olusoji Adeyanju, Ernest Maya, Richard Adanu, A Metin Gulmezoglu, Ozge Tuncalp



BACKGROUND: Amid efforts to improve the quality of care for women and neonates during childbirth, there is growing interest in the experience of care, including respectful care practices. However, there is little research on the prevalence of practices that might constitute mistreatment of neonates. This study aims to describe the care received by neonates up to 2 h after birth in a sample of three countries in west Africa. METHODS: Data from this multicountry, facility-based, observational study were collected on 15 neonatal care practices across nine facilities in Ghana, Guinea, and Nigeria, as part of WHO's wider multicountry study on how women are treated during childbirth. Women were el..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was made possible by funding support from the US Agency for International Development, and the UNDP/UN Population Fund/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO. The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, the US Government, WHO, or their individual institutions. We thank the data collection team for their excellent work, particularly during the data collection period. We appreciate the thoughtful contributions of participants in the end-of-study investigator's meeting.