Essential obstetric care is the term used to describe the elements of obstetric care needed for the management of normal and complicated pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period.
Essential Obstetric Care is defined for two different levels of the health care system:
Basic essential obstetric care services at the health centre level should include at least the following:
Comprehensive essential obstetric care services at the district hospital level (first referral level) should include all the above plus
For the services at a facility to be considered functional, the elements of care must have been provided during the 6 months previous to data collection.