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Yale University

Global Quality Maternal and Newborn Care

Yale University via Coursera


This course is designed for administrators, advocates, policy makers, clinicians, and service users. It will give you the background, recommendations, and tools you need to address issues related to high quality maternal and newborn care in your own setting. In particular, you will learn about the evidence behind implementing the midwifery model of care as a means to advancing the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies globally. The modules in this course are structured around the Quality Maternal and Newborn Care Framework, first published in the landmark 2014 Lancet Series on Midwifery. You will learn from nearly 20 expert contributors as they discuss their research and personal experiences in low, middle, and high resource settings.


  • Maternal and Newborn Health
    • This module covers maternal and newborn health and wellbeing in a changing world. You will learn where we are and where we are going.
  • Quality Maternal and Newborn Care & the Midwifery Model of Care
    • This module makes the case for how midwives and the midwifery model of care can improve outcomes for maternal and newborn care.
  • Care Delivery
    • This module follows the evidence regarding practice categories. You will learn about the spectrum of services that should be provided to effectively deliver care to mothers and babies.
  • Care Organization
    • This module discusses care that is available accessible and acceptable. You will learn about continuity and how services can be integrated across communities and facilities.
  • Care Values
    • This module covers an important theme of respect for all those involved in a birth - from the individual to the provider to the families and communities.
  • Care Philosophy
    • This module expands on the notion that birth should be a positive experience. You will learn how to strengthen a woman's capacity for a normal physiological birth.
  • Care Providers
    • This module covers how to build up skilled and competent midwifery workforce.
  • Policy and Advocacy
    • This module highlights how governments and non-profits can design policies that improve maternal and newborn health.

Taught by

Michelle Telfer and Joan Combellick


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