The impact of training traditional birth attendants (TBAs) on the utilisation of maternal health services at a rural health training centre in India has been studied. Records of the utilisation of the services for two periods of six months each (one before training and one after) have been analysed. A marked improvement in the registration of antenatal cases at an earlier date in pregnancy has been observed. The average number of visits to antenatal clinics, the immunisation against tetanus, and the presence of trained personnel at the time of delivery all showed considerable improvement after the local TBAs had been trained and motivated. The differences observed in the two series were statistically significant.
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