Recently the British Medical Journal reignited an old debate about the role of traditional birth attendants in terms of whether or not they actually help more than they hurt by essentially giving women false hope and preventing them from seeking out other care. This debate has played out elsewhere including the Maternal Health Taskforce Blog.
I am actually not sure how I feel about the issue, mostly because I have not seen very good studies of the issue, and believe that there is actually a lot of heterogeneity in the term traditional birth attendant so it is hard to generalize. But it is true that there is a lot of misunderstandings and lack of consensus on this topic.
An article in today’s Graphic here in Ghana reminded me of this confusion:
Talk about giving a confusing message.Share on Facebook