Recruiting and interviewing respondents

Village of Mou, Dugrapur, Bangladesh

Our first two days have been very productive, but not always in the way we expect. On the first day, we set out to find a woman from the village of Mou who delivered in a health facility. The only contact information we had was the name of the village, the wife’s name and her husband’s name. We set off down a dirt path to find the potential respondent’s household. After walking for over three miles and crossing two rivers by boat, we finally found someone who knew who we were looking for. This informant proceeded to tell us that the woman we were looking for went to the health facility for her most recent delivery, but the baby died two weeks after she gave birth. She also had a sister who died during childbirth recently. The family recently decided to move to Dhaka to find work, so they no longer lived in the village of Mou. As we walked back the way we came, I had the chance to reflect on the experience. Many women in the villages desire to deliver in a health facility, but it is extremely difficult to get there. Recently, the Ministry of Health has attempted to overcome this obstacle by training women to conduct normal deliveries in the home. Although this type of skilled attendant might not be as efficient or effective as a skilled professional in a health facility, it provides women a safer option for home delivery compared to the common practice of using untrained traditional birth attendants.

Will Story

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