Respectful maternal and newborn care: we need to do it better

Child Health Uganda

Khamtan is her community’s only midwife. She’s on call day and night, in rainstorms and in the severe heat.

By: Mary Dunbar, Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Specialist; World Vision East Asia

What does every mother hope for when she thinks about the delivery of her baby?

It’s almost certain she wants to deliver her baby with a person she trusts, who is kind and has the skills to ensure her safety. She wants to be treated with dignity and respect, and with due consideration of her culture and beliefs. She hopes to be kept informed of her progress in labour and have a choice about what happens to her during her stay at the health facility.

Now let’s travel together on a long journey on a red, dusty pitted road that runs through ever-present parched rice fields. This is the typical road that women travel on during the dry…

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