[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the use of beneficial maternal and perinatal healthcare practices in a network of public maternity hospitals in Argentina.
A multicenter, prospective, descriptive study of 6661 deliveries in 9 hospitals. The use of 5 obstetric care practices that reduce maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality was evaluated.
Median use rates for the selected practices were: continuous support for women during childbirth (17.9%); corticosteroids for preterm birth (35.3%); avoidance of episiotomy in primiparous women (41.2%); iron and folate supplementation (52.5%); active management of third stage of labor (93.5%).
There is limited use of the selected evidence-based maternal and perinatal practices in public hospitals in Argentina and a large variation in their use among and within hospitals. Efforts should be made to increase the use of these evidence-based practices.
International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 03/2009; 105(2):118-22. · 1.41 Impact Factor