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This Week In The Bmj

Giving birth: home can be better than hospital

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7505.0-a (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-a

Rapid Response:

A lesson for the planners and policy makers

In countries like India, where home deliveries are a norm for
centuries, suddenly the policy makers and plannersd are pushing for
institutional deliveries in the Reproductive and Child Health program for
the country. Till recently,Government of India used to conduct training
programs supported by WHO for Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs)in the
art of delivery and care of newborn at birth. In India, where 25 million
births are taking place every year,out of which about 66% are occuring at
home, it is a herculian task to arrange logistics for institutional
deliveries of all the babies. This study form US may help to change minds
of funding agencies, policy makers and planners who always site lack of
evidence about effectiveness of TBAs to assist home deliveries.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 June 2005
JP Dadhich
Consultant neonatologist, Member executive committee of National Neonatology Forum of India
New Delhi