A new index to measure the quality of facility-based labor and delivery care in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the past decade, we have seen a profound shift in the use of maternal health services. Even in the poorest countries, more women are delivering in health facilities—an estimated 64% of women in developing countries (and 51% of women in the 69 poorest countries) gave birth in facilities in 2012. But getting women into health facilities is not enough.