Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Traditional Birth Attendants

In Santiago about 70 percent of all births occur in the house.  Many of these are attended by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs).  

Our interaction is mostly when one of their patients is having a difficult labor and come to Hospitalito for help.  We have learned a lot during these interactions and really appreciate all the good work that they do.  

Each month the TBAs participate in monthly trainings where they ask questions and report births. The Centro de Salud, Prodesca and Hospitalito Atitl├ín take turns hosting the event and a training is provided. The topics range from antepartum care, acute care to   post partum care.  

The last meeting's topic was breast feeding.  These meetings are a lot of fun where there is a role playing and lots of laughter!