Study of the Maternal Care book

Professor Gerhard Theron (Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Stellenbosch) introduced the Maternal Care book to midwives in Grahamstown. The midwives managed their own course. The neighbouring towns of Cradock and Somerset East were used as control sites where the book was not used. The knowledge, clinical skills, attitudes and standard of patient care of the midwives in both the study and control towns were formally assessed at the start and end of the trial. Theoretical knowledge, practical skills, attitudes and patient care practices improved significantly in the intervention towns (p<0,01) but not in the control towns.