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2.1 Number of maternity care providers who have participated in the Lamaze International Evidence Based Labor Support Workshop (West Virginia)

Measure Status: Active

Measurement Category: Category 2: Measuring quality of effort (% of reach; satisfaction)

Service Type: Bottom level: public health services and systems

Service Recipient: Activities directed to professionals

Goal: Provision of evidence based support during labor to improve the birth process and reduce cesarean deliveries without a medical indication

Numerator: Number of labor/delivery nurses that receive evidence based labor support training

Denominator: Number of labor/delivery nurses employed in birth facilities

Significance: Research shows that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of one-on-one support. A Cochrane meta-analysis states the association with a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean deliveries.

Data Sources and Data Issues: Birth facilities count of Labor and Delivery nurses employed January 1, 2017

Year: 2018/2020

Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 10,000


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