ERIC Number: ED118873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Traditional Birth Attendant in Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning: A Guide to Her Training and Utilization.
Verderese, Maria de Lourdes; Turnbull, Lily M.
The publication provides guidelines for assisting developing countries in determining strategies for the utilization and training of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). TBA's are persons (usually women in rural areas) who assist the mother at childbirth and who initially acquired their skills through experience rather than formal training. After a chapter giving the results of a World Health Organization survey of birth attendants in various contries, it describes the formulation of strategies for TBA involvement in maternal and child health and family planning programs. It outlines a suggested training program (including learning objectives and tasks for antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and infant care, family planning and coordination with health services) stressing that the course should be adapted to the needs of individual TBAs. The publication deals also with the preparation of trainers and supervisors and with the problems and techniques of supervision. It ends with chapters on evaluation and on topics that call for further investigation. Each chapter is followed by a list of references. Appended are: titles used to designate TBAs, statistics on supervision of deliveries in various countries, analysis of existing training programs for TBAs (20 countries, 1972), national workshop questionnaire on activities of Indonesian TBAs, and suggested tasks of the trained TBA working in collaboration with the health establishment. (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Attendants, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Developmental Programs, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Family Planning, Guidelines, Health Personnel, Health Programs, Health Services, Job Skills, Job Training, Medical Education, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Pregnancy, Program Proposals, Supervisory Training
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Fund for Population Activities, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).
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