Women Delivering Babies at Home With No One Present Is Unacceptable

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By: Bolaji Fapohunda, Nosa Orobaton and Anne Austin, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., United States Agency for International Development | Targeted States High Impact Project 

The phenomenon of giving birth with no one present (NOP) is concentrated in regions of the world with the worst maternal and newborn indicators, such as Nigeria, Niger, India, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. Delivering with NOP brings untold suffering to women and children, including permanent disability and maternal and newborn deaths. There are, however, steps the maternal health community can take to decrease the number of women who deliver with NOP in the short- and long-term…read more