Despite widespread use, the majority of indicators proposed as measures of the quality of maternal health services have not been sufficiently validated. To accurately track progress toward national and global maternal health goals, the present study sought to validate and identify a set of maternal health indicators that can be practically applied in facility and population-based surveys. To evaluate indicators, the study employed a facility-based design. The study was conducted in public/government hospital facilities in Kenya and Mexico. Participants included women aged 15–49 who underwent labor and delivery at participating study facilities and the providers who attended them. Women’s self-report of obstetric and immediate postnatal maternal and newborn care received was compared against a “gold standard” of observations by a trained third-party observer during labor and delivery. This report presents results of the Kenya study.
Warren, Charlotte E., James Kelly Kimani, Jackline Kivunaga, Brian Mdawida, Charity Ndwiga, Katharine McCarthy, and Ann K. Blanc. 2014. "Validating indicators of the quality of maternal health care: Final report, Kenya." Nairobi: Population Council.
Validating Indicators of the Quality of Maternal Health Care