Basic Obstetrics Skills Training

Project Basic Obstetrics Skills Training

To enhance maternal health services by nurses and midwives of Valencia Health District

Project Partners Ormoc District Hospital & Valencia Health District

• Delivery of the training content through lectures, role plays, human model, and hands-on training (for suturing), delivery of retained placenta, breech delivery, etc) • Knowledge gap assessment- pre & post tests • Question & Answer session with the participants

Locations Ormoc District Hospital, Ormoc City, Leyte Island, Philippines
Period June 2-5th, 2015

21 nurses and doctors were trained in basic obstetrics skills


During the emergency relief efforts in Ormoc post Typhoon Haiyan in December 2013, MERCY Malaysia saw an opportunity to increase the skills set and knowledge of midwives and medical personnel at the Ormoc District Hospital and Valencia Health District. Increasing their competency will improve the medical services provided to high risk pregnant mothers. It is important that in high risk cases the medical staff is well trained and competent, mitigating fatal consequences. Hence, the Basic Obstetrics Skills Training was planned to minimize, if not close, the gap between staff competency and high risk pregnant mothers.


Two sessions of Basic Obstetrics skills training were conducted, each session had 10-12 participants. They comprised of nursing staff from Valencia Health District and Ormoc District Hospital nursing staff. All the participants showed interest in expanding their knowledge and skills. A series of lectures on the management of antenatal care, intrapartum, postnatal and newborn resuscitations were delivered. MERCY Malaysia provided practical work stations to practice after each lecture sessions, demonstrated clinical procedures and other activities in which participants took part. Participants were also taught suturing techniques and skills. Assessments were conducted in the form of pre- and post-test MCQs to gauge their baseline knowledge and reflection.