Midwives in India: a delayed cord clamping intervention using simulation

M. A. Faucher, C. Riley, L. Prater, M. P. Reddy

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Background: Iron deficiency is a prevalent health problem in India affecting women and newborns. Delayed umbilical cord clamping at birth is a safe and effective means for increasing serum iron levels in newborns up to 6 months of age. Aim: The study aim was to increase the utilization of delayed cord clamping in a group of midwives working in Hyderabad, India. Methods: A single group pre- and post-test design was used to evaluate knowledge, beliefs and practice before and after a delayed cord clamping intervention including follow-up at 10 months after the original intervention. The intervention included lectures and simulation. Results: Results show significant increases in knowledge and positive beliefs about the practice of delayed cord clamping. Simulation was effective for eliciting important feedback related to learning. Limitations: Results represent a small group of midwives working with a non-profit foundation in Southern India. Language discordancy and cultural norms in this group of midwives may have influenced results. Conclusions: Knowledge, beliefs and practice related to delayed cord clamping were all significantly improved after the intervention. The Knowledge to Action framework using simulation is an effective cross-cultural method for implementing education about evidence-based practice. Midwives are invested in learning practices that promote public health. Implications for nursing and health policy: Changing institutional policy may have limitations without first considering normative practice. Using simulation combined with institutional health policy appears to result in significant uptake of practice change. Qualitative studies exploring the interconnections between cultural norms and decision making may be informative about promoting practice change particularly in this setting. Upscaling midwifery has been recommended to improve maternal and child health in India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-444
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Anaemia
  • Birth
  • Capacity Building
  • Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • India
  • Knowledge to Action
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing Capacity Building
  • Policy Implementation
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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