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Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health
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Research Article

Utilization of Partograph during Labour and Birth Outcomes at Jimma University

Sena Belina Kitila1*, Abebe Gmariam2, Ashagire Molla1 and Gugsa Nemera1
1Principal Investigator, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Public Health and Medical, Jimma University, Ethiopia
2Department of Population and Family health, College of Public Health and Medical, Jimma University, Ethiopia
Corresponding Author : Sena Belina Kitila
Lecturer, Principal Investigator
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Public Health and Medical
Jimma University, Ethiopia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received March 29, 2014; Accepted June 04, 2014; Published June 11, 2014
Citation: Kitila SB, Gmariam A, Molla A, Nemera G (2014) Utilization of Partograph during Labour and Birth Outcomes at Jimma University. J Preg Child Health 1:101. doi: 10.4172/2376-127X.1000101
Copyright: © 2014 Kitila SB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Globally, at least 585,000 women die each year with complications of pregnancy and child birth. This high level of maternal morbidity and mortality has been remained as big challenge in developing countries and there is a woman who dies of pregnancy and birth related complication every minute passes. Majority of these deaths and complications could be prevented by cost-effective and affordable health interventions like utilization of partograph; a graphic representation of progress of labour, maternal and fetal conditions in relation to time. The aim of this study is to identify the extent of utilization of partograph and birth outcomes at Jimma University Specialized Hospital.

Methods and Materials: Cross sectional retrospective study which involved quantitative methods of data collection was employed from February to March 2012. A total of 340 delivery records were reviewed from 7 years records selected by systematic sampling method using pre-tested structured check list.

Results: Of 340 reviewed delivery records 274/340(80.6%) files had partograph attached. However; utilized in only 19 (6.9%) of the records and some of fetal, labour and maternal parameters were correctly documented in 10.5%.

Conclusion and Recommendation: Utilization of partograph and documentation of the key events were poor. Hence, relevant authorities have to facilitate its actual availability, develop a system for its routine utilization and efforts should be made to maintain a high index of its utilization.