Midwives Assisting Homebirths Face Opposition in Rural Bangladesh




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The Centre for Health and Population Research, Dhaka, looked at the experiences of midwives attending homebirths in the rural region of Matlab. In Bangladesh, 91 percent of births still take place at home and only 13 percent are assisted by a doctor or midwife. In 1987, almost 20 years ago, a health initiative was introduced in Matlab to allow midwives to attend women in the home. Researchers conducted interviews and group discussions with 13 midwives in Matlab in 2003 and 2004 to learn what difficulties they faced during their work. [author’s description]


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