Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsDR FERNANDO ALTHABE: Welcome to week two. Hello. I'm Dr Fernando Althabe from the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy in Argentina. Week one focused on the burden of global maternal health and how capable health systems are to provide good quality health care. This week looks at quality of maternal health care in greater detail. We'll define what good quality maternal health care is. We will introduce the concepts of respectful care and the extremes of "too much, too soon" and "too little, too late", both of which lead to poor care.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsWe'll consider examples of poor quality health care in different settings, demonstrating both extremes of "too little, too late" and "too much, too soon" are present in high-, middle-, and low-income countries. We'll also look at the role guidelines can play in quality of care. And reflecting on this, we will explore how to improve the quality of maternal health care. In addition, this week we will host a Google Hangout Q&A session with expert maternal health researchers and look forward to your questions and engagement. We hope you enjoy the week and we strongly encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and reflections in the comment areas of each step.

Welcome to week 2

Welcome to Week 2. Following Week 1 focusing on the burden of global maternal health, and how capable health systems are to provide good quality health care, this week we look at the quality of maternal care in greater detail.

We’ll define what good quality maternal health care is. We will introduce the concepts of respectful care and the extremes of “too much, too soon” and “too little, too late”, both of which lead to poor care. We’ll consider examples of poor quality care in different settings, demonstrating both extremes of “too little, too late” and “too much, too soon” are present in high-, middle- and low-income countries.

We’ll also look at the role guidelines can play in quality of care, and reflecting on this, we will explore how to improve the quality of maternal health care.

In addition, this week we will host a Google Hangout Q&A session with expert maternal health researchers and look forward to your questions and engagement.

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The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research and Evidence

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine