The article “A framework proposal for digital interventions in perinatal education: the result of a content analysis to WHO intra-partum care recommendations ” by Carla V. Leite (DigiMedia PhD Student) and Ana Margarida Almeida (DigiMedia Researcher) was published in the Special Issue: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Towards Universal Health Coverage Policy and Programming of the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (IJHRH).


Purpose: This research proposes a framework to guide the development and analysis of digital interventions, namely, through mobile applications, regarding labor and birth. By complying with current scientific evidence, this paper aims to contribute to the safeness and completeness of perinatal health education targeting expectant parents.

Design/methodology/approach: A content analysis was conducted on a document containing World Health Organization guidelines for intra-partum, considering the following categories: timeframe, care options, category of recommendation, to create a data set clearly distinguishing between recommendations and non-recommendations. Context-specific and research-context recommendations, details from dosages, measurements and timings, infant care and non-immediate postpartum topics were considered out of the scope of this study.

Findings: The results were summarized in a table, ready to be used as a data set, including the following 16 care options ranging from health, well-being and/or rights: respect, communication, companionship, pregnant person’s monitoring, status, fetal monitoring, pain relief, pain management, amenities, labor delay prevention, progress, freedom of choice, facilitation of birth, prevention of postpartum hemorrhage, umbilical cord care and recovery. These were distributed across six timeframes: always, admission, first, second and third stage of labor and immediate postpartum. In addition, recommendations and non-recommendations are displayed in different columns.

Originality/value: This transdisciplinary research intends to contribute to: future research on perinatal education; the creation of digital interventions, namely, m-health ones, targeting expectant parents by providing a framework of content coverage; the endorsement of the rights to Information and to decision-making. Ultimately, when put into practice, the framework can impact self-care through access to perinatal education.


Leite, C.V. and Almeida, A.M. (2021), “A framework proposal for digital interventions in perinatal education: the result of a content analysis to WHO intra-partum care recommendations”, International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

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