Our programs protect maternal health by educating women, families and communities to have a plan in place for a safe delivery.
Birth preparedness saves women’s lives and health through planning and preparation for delivery, ensuring that women are ready for a normal birth and are also prepared in case there is an emergency. In order to avoid delays that can often occur when women experience obstetric complications, women must know how to recognize the complication and decide to seek care quickly.
Birth preparedness means being ready for a normal delivery and having the resources and information prepared to respond quickly in case of an emergency.
Birth preparedness usually includes:
- A birth plan – transportation, where to go and any needed supplies.
- A plan for saving money to pay for transport, supplies and a skilled attendant at delivery.
- Knowledge of danger signs and community resources for emergencies.
- A plan for emergencies. Women with a birth preparedness plan are more likely to deliver with a skilled attendant, especially if they planned for saving money.
In India, PSI has trained hundreds of community outreach workers to educate women and their families about birth preparedness.