Helping mothers survive bleeding after birth: an evaluation of simulation-based training in a low-resource setting

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2014 Mar;93(3):287-95. doi: 10.1111/aogs.12321. Epub 2014 Jan 15.


Objective: To evaluate "Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth" (HMS BAB) simulation-based training in a low-resource setting.

Design: Educational intervention study.

Setting: Rural referral hospital in Northern Tanzania.

Population: Clinicians, nurse-midwives, medical attendants, and ambulance drivers involved in maternity care.

Methods: In March 2012, health care workers were trained in HMS BAB, a half-day simulation-based training, using a train-the-trainer model. The training focused on basic delivery care, active management of third stage of labor, and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, including bimanual uterine compression.

Main outcome measures: Evaluation questionnaires provided information on course perception. Knowledge, skills, and confidence of facilitators and learners were tested before and after training.

Results: Four master trainers trained eight local facilitators, who subsequently trained 89 learners. After training, all facilitators passed the knowledge test, but pass rates for the skills test were low (29% pass rate for basic delivery and 0% pass rate for management of postpartum hemorrhage). Evaluation revealed that HMS BAB training was considered acceptable and feasible, although more time should be allocated for training, and teaching materials should be translated into the local language. Knowledge, skills, and confidence of learners increased significantly immediately after training. However, overall pass rates for skills tests of learners after training were low (3% pass rate for basic delivery and management of postpartum hemorrhage).

Conclusions: The HMS BAB simulation-based training has potential to contribute to education of health care providers. We recommend a full day of training and validation of the facilitators to improve the training.

Keywords: Maternal mortality; Tanzania; clinical skills; education; knowledge; obstetrics; patient simulation; postpartum hemorrhage.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Delivery, Obstetric / education*
  • Developing Countries
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Labor Stage, Third
  • Manikins
  • Midwifery / education*
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Pregnancy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Rural Population
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tanzania
  • Teaching