Letters Traditional birth attendants

Dispelling the myths surrounding traditional birth attendants

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4481 (Published 19 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4481
  1. Christopher J Gill, associate professor of international health 1,
  2. Davidson H Hamer, professor of international health1,
  3. Anna B Knapp, program manager2
  1. 1Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02118, USA
  2. 2Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University School of Public Health
  1. cgill{at}bu.edu

Harrison cited a 2007 Cochrane meta-analysis in his critique of the role of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in improving neonatal and maternal outcomes in low resource countries.1 He noted that studies included in the review were few, small, and hampered by poor study designs, and so concluded that TBAs were …

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