Journal article

WHO next-generation partograph: revolutionary steps towards individualised labour care

GJ Hofmeyr, S Bernitz, M Bonet, M Bucagu, B Dao, S Downe, H Galadanci, CSE Homer, V Hundley, T Lavender, B Levy, D Lissauer, P Lumbiganon, FE McConville, R Pattinson, Z Qureshi, JP Souza, ME Stanton, P ten Hoope-Bender, V Vannevel Show all

BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

In 1972, two landmark papers in this journal described the partograph,1,2 a chart designed to provide finite referral criteria for midwives working in peripheral clinics who needed to refer women in labour to Harare Hospital, Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). This innovation coincided with influential reports from the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin of the 'active management of labour' (early amniotomy, proactive use of oxytocin and one-to-one nursing care) with the objective of achieving birth within a limited time frame.3 The partograph was globally adopted, and has been used as part of the assessment of labour progress for nearly half a century. It was recommended by the World Health Organi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This commentary was written without external funding. Open Access publication was supported by the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), a cosponsored programme executed by the WHO.