Monitoring of labor with WHO modified partogram – A study report

  • Md Alauddin, Runa Bal, Arunangsu De, Parthajit Mondal, Mayoukh Chakraborty


Introduction: Partogram represents labor events. World Health Organisation (WHO) had produced a partogram in the last decade and subsequently modified it to make it easier to use. The present study was conducted to note the effectiveness of the WHO modified partogram.

Methods: Altogether 430 primigravida women, at term, having single live fetus in vertex presentation, were included for the study. The women were randomly subdivided into three groups: Group A (180 women) - monitoring of labor done by WHO modified partogram; Group B (150 women)- monitoring of labor done by WHO original partogram and 100 women in Group C (control), the labor would be monitored clinically. The results were noted in each group regarding the length of labor, vaginal delivery, cesarean sections, augmentation of labor etc. The results of Group A were compared with Group B and Group C.

Result: The comparison of the results of the Group A and Group B did not reveal any statistically significant difference. The comparison of the results of the Group A and Group C observed that significantly less number of women in Group A (4.44%) was in labor for more than 12 hours than in Group C (18%). The number of vaginal delivery was more and cesarean section was less in Group A than Group C (p < 0.05). More number of women required augmentation of labor in Group C (p<0.001).

Conclusion: WHO modified partogram, which is easier to use, gives almost the same effects as the WHO original partogram but significantly better results than clinical monitoring.


KeywordsLabor monitoring; WHO modified partogram
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