This brief details implementation of a pilot phase of respectful maternity care (RMC) solutions in Chipata, Zambia, describing the design of the pilot, the process of implementation by local partner Safe Motherhood 360+ (SM360+), and key discoveries. This is a follow up to a previous brief that described the formative research findings and solutions developed to promote RMC using behavioral design in the same location. RMC solutions, designed through an iterative behavioral design process, were simple for providers to implement, and the tools were easily integrated into existing services by providers during labor and delivery. Safe Motherhood 360+’s role in engaging local stakeholders and advocacy for RMC was critical for gaining investment from higher levels of government. The set of solutions, particularly the BETTER pain management toolkit, shows potential to increase the frequency of encouragement and non-clinical interactions between providers and clients.
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2020. “Piloting respectful maternity care solutions: Research findings from a study in Zambia,” Programmatic Research Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.