Essential Care for Labor & Birth

Improve the quality and experience of care for women and newborns during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period.

Program partner


Essential Care for Labor & Birth (ECLB) is intended for all providers who care for women in labor. It builds the capacity of the entire team of providers to give evidence-based, respectful care.

Learning objectives

  • Respectful care
  • Infection prevention
  • Classification of labor: latent, active or false labor
  • Management and monitoring of labor
  • Early identification of complications
  • Identification of poor progress of labor
  • Supportive care during all stages of labor and birth


1 day

Facilitator-to-participant ratio

1 facilitator for every group of 6 participants.

Learning materials

Download and preview the materials you will need. You should also have printed materials during a training. You can order printed materials from Laerdal, or download the printing files free of charge to print locally. To calculate how many copies you need, keep in mind that there should be one facilitator for every group of six participants.

These materials are copywrited and should not be altered. Contact us for inquiries about translations and adaptations.

  • Action Plan

    A poster showing the steps to take during care, to use both during training and as a job aid for clinical practice.

    1 per group (facilitator + 6 participants), and enough to leave at each facility to be used in clinical care.

  • Flip Chart

    Paper-based facilitation tool, with guidance for facilitators to demonstrate, lead discussions and support practice.

    1 per group (facilitator + 6 participants)

  • Provider Guide

    A booklet for every healthcare worker to use during the training and keep afterwards. For reviewing content and practicing skills overtime.

    1 per participant

  • Simulation Practice Cards

    Cards with different scenarios to practice in teams, during and after the training.

  • ECLB Blended learning module

    Jhpiego’s online course that combines individual e-learning with hands-practice and discussion.

    Login to Jhpiego’s system required.

Video list containing a total of 9 videos
  • Real birth videos by Global Health Media


As part of the learning process, every training program includes assessments for the participants. You can download and print the assessments.


During practice of Essential Care for Labor and Birth you will need:

  • Action Plan
  • Provider Guide
  • 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


Download and modify these documents to fit your needs when preparing and evaluating your course.

Package contains:

  • Master trainer course agenda
  • Practice coordinator certificate
  • Training Prep Checklist
  • Preparation checklist
  • Room layout
  • Trainer certificate
  • Trainer evaluation
  • Practice coordinator evaluation
  • Master trainer certificate
  • Participant Certificate
  • Participant Evaluation
  • Participant Sign-in Sheet
  • Practice Coordinator Orientation Session Plan
  • Participant Course Agenda