Mother Baby Quality Improvement Initiative
EMEN is a working title for the Mother Baby Quality Improvement Initiative, which will be framed around improving quality of care around childbirth and the immediate postnatal care period. Although facility-focused, first level and referral health facilities, it will also extend into the community through midwives based in the community (where they exist) who will train and supervise CHWs to strengthen postnatal care through home visits and increased community participation. The initiative follows on and is in support of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP).
ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk, was part of the Expert Group which discussed a framework of standards for quality of care, criteria as well as a process for developing them, country ownership, and implementation strategies. The initiative will draw on existing and expectant resources such as the Lancet Series on Midwifery and the State of the World’s Midwifery Report 2014. There will be wider stakeholder consultation during the development of the initiative to include professional associations, countries, civil society and the private sector.