Allman, Suzanne. Childbearing and the training of traditional birth attendants in rural Haiti

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Title: Childbearing and the training of traditional birth attendants in rural Haiti

Published in: Medical anthropology quarterly -- Vol. 17, no. 2

Published By: Medical anthropology quarterly -- Vol. 17, no. 2 Washington, D.C.: Society for Medical Anthropology, 1986. 40-43 p.

By line: Suzanne Allman

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Haitians (SV03)

Subjects: Childbirth (844); Postnatal care (846); Infant care (854); Pregnancy (843); Medical care (758); Medical personnel (759); Research and development (654); Cultural identity and pride (186); Preventive medicine (751); Public health and sanitation (744); Birth statistics (163); Hospitals and clinics (743);

Abstract: This article focuses on childbearing practices and the training of traditional birth attendants through a donor-funded program in rural Haiti. It shows that in 1983 about 70% of women in Haiti deliver at home in an environment characterized by poor sanitation and high levels of infection and disease. Traditional birth attendants help most of these mothers using age old cultural practices. The article shows the importance of supporting traditional birth attendants through some low cost training programs for significantly improving the health of mothers and children.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: sv03-007

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1980-1982

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: 1980-1986

Coverage Place: Haiti

LCSH: Haitians

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