A traditional birth attendant (TBA) has been defined by United Nations as a person who assists mothers during childbirth and initially acquired her skills by delivering babies herself or through apprenticeship to other TBAs. TBAs presently deliver the majority of women in Nigeria as in other developing countries. It is estimated that between 60 and 80% of all deliveries in the developing countries occur outside modern health care facilities, with a significant proportion of this attended to by TBAs. In an eastern Nigerian study, it was found that although 93% of rural women who had a childbirth or a spontaneous abortion registered for prenatal care, 49% delivered at home under the care of TBAs.
The goal of TBA training is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity through improved delivery and child care practices . This will help women’s health by improving the skills, increase the number of births conducted by trained TBAs and improve the links between modern health services and the traditional births attendant. The platform will provide Core training on how traditional birth attendants will perform deliveries in a more hygienic and safer fashion, discouraging harmful practices, recognising danger signs and referring women with complications to facilities where essential obstetric care is available. Health education for pregnant women and antenatal and postnatal care will also be included.
This platform will provide information to women on child health intervention, health promotion and family planning.