Skilled Birth Attendance

Mother holding her baby in a maternity ward in Bangladesh

Everyday approximately 830 women die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and occur in low-resource settings, with most occurring around the time of birth.

The presence of a skilled birth attendant, working in a well-functioning health service, has been globally adopted as an effective intervention to save the lives of mothers and newborns. Women have a right to receive quality maternity care from skilled health workers.

It is recognised that well-trained midwives could help prevent around two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths. CMNH has expertise in implementation research in skilled birth attendance and is increasingly working to strengthen quality midwifery care in low and middle income countries.