Traditional birth attendant training and local birthing practices in India

Saravanan, Sheela, Turrell, Gavin, Johnson, Helen, Fraser, Jenny and Patterson, Carla (2011) Traditional birth attendant training and local birthing practices in India. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34 3: 254-265. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2011.02.012

Author Saravanan, Sheela
Turrell, Gavin
Johnson, Helen
Fraser, Jenny
Patterson, Carla
Title Traditional birth attendant training and local birthing practices in India
Journal name Evaluation and Program Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-7189
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2011.02.012
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 254
End page 265
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Training birth attendants (TBAs) provide essential maternal and infant health care services during delivery and ongoing community care in developing countries. Despite inadequate evidence of relevance and effectiveness of TBA training programmes, there has been a policy shift since the 1990s in that many donor agencies funding TBA training programmes redirected funds to providing skilled attendants during delivery. This study aimed to assess the ways in which a TBA training programme in India has been successful in disseminating evidence-based knowledge on birthing practices. TBAs practicing within 16 villages targeted by training programme initiatives were administered with structured questionnaires. The post training birthing practices of trained (24) and untrained (14) TBAs was compared and birthing practices adopted by women assisted by trained (16) and untrained (9) TBAs was analysed. Positive post training practices were hand washing, use of a clean blade for cutting the cord, immediate breastfeeding and weighing of babies. Nevertheless, the training could be further improved with up to date and evidence-based information and more comprehensive instructions. The findings suggest an integration of local and evidence-based knowledge is needed to improve the training. Raising community awareness of public health measures related to maternal and child health is also recommended.
Keyword Maternal and infant health
Traditional birth attendants training
Traditional birthing practices
Home births
Warm chain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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