Hospitals are invited to contribute to testing checklist for safer births

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 10 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3067
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Institutions around the world are being urged to take part in a study to assess a World Health Organization initiative to make birth safer for mothers and babies. A pilot study in India showed that it was effective.

WHO launched its Safe Childbirth Checklist last November ( This week it organised a webinar urging research institutions around the world to use the checklist and to feed back results.

Itziar Larizgoitia, from WHO’s patient safety programme, said that the checklist would be finalised and officially launched in 2015.

She said, “It’s extremely important that the checklist is a tool that contributes to improvements in best practice and that it is capable of being used by different countries around the world. It has to be usable and effective in diverse circumstances.”

The idea for the checklist was …

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