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Title: The Potential of the traditional birth attendant / edited by A. Mangay Maglacas, John Simons
Authors: Mangay-Maglacas, Amelia
Simons, John
World Health Organization
Issue Date: 1986
Publisher: Geneva : World Health Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Considers the extent to which training programmes can be utilized to improve midwifery practice and reduce the risks surrounding childbirth in rural populations. Based on actual experiences in the field, chapters provide both an elaboration of specific problems encountered in different parts of the world and a critical analysis of successes and failures in overcoming them. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the need to uncover and respect the beliefs and customs held by traditional birth attendants. The book opens with a chapter reviewing the question of whether the availability of trained birth attendants can be linked to a reduced incidence of neonatal tetanus. Subsequent chapters communicate lessons learned from programmes conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Sierra Leone, and Ghana. Readers are given details on the design, content, duration and results of these programmes together with data on their immediate and long-term effectiveness. Other chapters examine the folklore and rituals surrounding traditional birthing systems in the Philippines and Latin America and show how specific customs may influence the acceptance or rejection of new practices. The book concludes with chapters evaluating the importance of literacy instruction and supervision as components of a successful training programme
Description: 105 p.
Subject: Midwifery
Sierra Leone
Context: education
metadata.dc.subject.other: Organization of Health Care and Social Development
Other Identifiers: 9241700955
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