The Need for Skilled Attendants
At the heart of the issue is that about half of all women in developing countries don’t have a skilled birth attendant at their delivery. A skilled birth attendant, whether it is a doctor, nurse or midwife, can manage normal deliveries and identify the onset of complications. Due to distance, poverty and other social barriers, many women still give birth with untrained birth attendants, a family member or even on their own. The shortages of skilled birth attendants in low income countries and lack of emergency obstetric care adds to the problem.
Percentage of Deliveries with a Skilled Attendant
World Health Organization, 2012
- Global average: 68%
- Africa: less than 50%
- North America: 99.5%