Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

4-2016

School

School of Nursing

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Keywords

traditional birth attendant, maternal mortality rate, Sub-Saharan Africa, maternal deaths, skilled birth attendant

Disciplines

Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Nursing Midwifery | Public Health and Community Nursing

Abstract

Even after many adjustments, recommended practice regarding traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and their contribution to lowering the maternal mortality rate (MMR) continues to be disputed among various stakeholders. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to see high maternal mortality rates, despite various attempts by the World Health Organization (WHO) and others at utilizing the formal health care system (Prata, et al., 2011). Considering all factors and variables behind the reason for this problem in Sub-Saharan African, it is reasonable to conclude that training traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in evidence-based practice, in conjunction with developing longer-term strategies, is an appropriate approach for the short and intermediate-term.

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