Essential Care for Labor and Birth — Participant


Essential Care for Labor and Birth

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Essential Care for Labor and Birth


With Essential Care for Labor & Birth you will gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to care for mothers. The course focuses on respectful care and a normal, healthy labor and birth.

  • To participate in this course you need to receive an invitation from a facilitator. Follow guidance in the invitation.
  • The course can happen online or face-to-face. In both cases, hands-on skills practice is very important.
  • This page has the information and resources you need to participate in the course:

Digital learning

Action Plan

The Action Plan shows what you will learn during the course. After the course, hang it in a visible place to help you remember what you have learned

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Videos from real births by Global Health Media

Demonstration videos for practicing skills

Provider Guide

This guide will help you continue practice and improve the quality of care.

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English — International

English — African




This equipment is needed for practice:

  • Pregnancy wheels or calendars
  • Pens/pencils, paper, blank partographs and/or client records
  • BP machine – 1 per 2 learners
  • Stethoscope – 1 per 2 learners
  • Thermometer
  • Birth simulator with newborn model
  • Gloves (clean and sterile)
  • Fetoscope/Doppler and ultrasound gel
  • Measuring tape
  • Soap or alcohol based hand rub
  • Videos and projector/laptop (if using)
  • Towels, baby hat, and blanket
  • Scissors or blade
  • Hemostats, clamps, ties for cord
  • Basin for placenta
  • Personal protection for provider
  • Mock oxytocin, misoprostol, syringes and needles
  • Suction device for baby
  • Ventilation bag and mask for baby
  • Clock/watch
  • Container for safe sharps disposal
  • Gauze

If you are attending an online training you will also need

  • Smartphone, tablet or computer with camera and microphone

Practice Cards

How to use Simulation Practice Cards