An evaluation of a national intervention to improve the postabortion care content of midwifery education in Nigeria

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2010 Aug;110(2):186-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2010.05.003.


Objective: To examine the impact of a national intervention to improve the postabortion care (PAC) content of midwifery education in Nigeria.

Methods: A 3-part quantitative assessment was carried out during and post-intervention. The first baseline component developed and examined the intervention to improve teaching capacity and improve the PAC curriculum among 6 midwifery schools that were to become regional training centers. The second survey was a pre- and post-assessment conducted among midwifery instructors from all schools of midwifery in the country. In the third component, 149 midwives graduating from the 6 regional midwifery schools were interviewed once 3-9 months after graduation to evaluate whether the intervention had improved their knowledge of PAC and clinical practice, and the likelihood that they would provide PAC after graduation.

Results: Data from 6 schools of midwifery in 2003 showed that none offered PAC or had educators trained in PAC prior to the intervention. Incorporation of PAC content and teaching capacity increased in all 6 study schools during the 3 years after a national intervention. Midwifery instructors demonstrated statistically significant improvements in knowledge of and exposure to PAC and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) after the intervention. A follow-up interview with 149 student midwives post graduation showed increased knowledge, exposure to, and use of MVA in the workplace.

Conclusion: Significant changes in graduate midwives' exposure, practice, and provision of PAC services resulted from a national intervention to improve the training environment and skills of midwifery instructors and students in the 6 schools of midwifery selected for evaluation.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced*
  • Aftercare / methods
  • Aftercare / standards
  • Curriculum*
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Humans
  • Midwifery / education*
  • Nigeria
  • Postoperative Care / education*
  • Postoperative Care / standards
  • Vacuum Curettage*