birth attendant

birth attendant

A person—usually trained in birth delivery (e.g., obstetrician, midwife, obstetrical nurse, nurse practitioner), but may also refer to a medically untrained significant other (e.g., husband, friend, registered nurse or other)—who assists a woman during labour and delivery.
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The Ethiopian Health Department data suggests many of these maternal and neonatal deaths arise from home births in the absence of a skilled and experienced birth attendant.
He told that 20 percent birth deliveries are attended by skilled birth attendant and this ratio would be increased more than 90 percent by 2015 whereas, contraceptive prevalence rate is 36 percent that would be increased upto 55 percent by 2015(MDGs Target).
Melrose said: "Only 10% of women in Ethiopia have a skilled birth attendant.
Forty-three percent of mothers interviewed after delivery reported having been assisted by a traditional birth attendant trained to use misoprostol and the delivery mat.
Gonzales (Mexican American studies, University of Arizona) integrates her experiences as an herbalist and a birth attendant, as well as her journalistic work, her apprenticeship with elders, and her research into symbols as medicine, in this examination of ancient and contemporary indigenous medicine in North America and its rediscovery by today's Mexican Americans and indigenous peoples.
Smagghe added, "They don't feel they have the right to hospital care and/or they believe that their local birth attendant can handle the whole delivery at home.
The ideal is for every mother to have access to a skilled birth attendant, whether at home or in a health facility.
It has been seen that if strong referral systems are in place, the introduction of a professional birth attendant can lead to a marked reduction in maternal mortality.
She added: "A skilled birth attendant and the availability of essential obstetric and newborn care are critical "Put simply, increasing the provision of skilled birth attendance and appropriate obstetric will reduce the numbers of women and children dying.
The conclusion was that home birth with a trained birth attendant is a safe option for low-risk women.
EUR5bn is needed every year to ensure that all women during pregnancy have access to medical care and a skilled birth attendant.
The birth attendant would palpitate a pregnant belly, as is the practice usually adopted by the women, most of them elderly, who traditionally assist labor in this region - but their training did not equip them to draw important conclusions.