Task shifting of traditional birth attendants in rural China: a qualitative study of the implementation of institution-based delivery policy

The Lancet 386:S41 (2015)

Background Institution-based delivery, with the ultimate goal of universal access to skilled birth attendance, has been selected as a key strategy to reduce maternal mortality rate in many developing countries. However, the question of how to engage traditional birth attendants in the advocacy campaign for skilled birth attendance poses several challenges. Here, we use the experience of task shifting of traditional birth attendants in rural Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, as a case study to illustrate how traditional birth attendants could be well integrated into the health system in rural regions.

DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00622-4