Exploring the motivations of birth companions: A qualitative assessment of the Maternal and New-born Health Improvement Project in Kenya

The MANI project was developed in 2015 to increase the survival chances of mothers and newborns by improving access to health services and promoting innovation for better maternal and newborn care. One of MANI’s interventions trains Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to become Birth Companions, who refer and accompany pregnant women to health facilities for antenatal visits and delivery.

In order to understand the motivations of Birth Companions to continue practising their new role, and to explore any incentives that might draw them back to their previous role as TBAs (in 2007 the Kenyan government made the TBAs’ work illegal in order to encourage pregnant women to go to health facilities), the MANI project undertook a piece of qualitative research. This paper presents the findings from this study.

  • Countries: Kenya
  • Published: March 2018

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