traditional birth attendant

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Usually, a rural village woman in a low-income country, trained by apprenticeship or self-taught by experience and observation, seldom acquainted with basic principles of hygiene and sanitation, and often associated with high maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rates. In countries where this system prevails, the WHO has encouraged the provision of simple training and education for traditional birth attendants, but the effectiveness of this training is a matter of controversy. Formal comprehensive training of TBAs is a preferable approach.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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