#SHIPAFRICA : THE THREAT OF TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS TO MATERNAL HEALTH IN AFRICA
Are traditional birth attendants safe or risky?
What do they do in situations of hemorrhage and hypertension?
Do they add to infant and maternal mortality rates?
How can we ensure that pregnant women get quality pre-natal care from certified health centres?
Many off them are forced to meet traditional birth assistants because of the cost in hospitals.
Tony Nwoye in 2017 initiated a bill in the House of Representatives to provide free ante-natal care to all pregnant women and stipends for mothers of triplets and other multiple births.
Ante-natal is free in government hospitals but the treatment of pregnant women by medical staff is appaling. Midwives need to be trained and more qualified staff recruited.
Institutional deliveries and skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and newborn babies.
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