Ministry will set up the homes close to healthcare centres to improve access, institutional deliveries

The Ministry of Health and Welfare has planned to set up “birth waiting homes” close to healthcare centres to enable pregnant women in remote areas to gain access to prenatal care as their due date nears.

Palanquins or carts are to be used to transport pregnant women across difficult terrain in the bid to improve institutional deliveries. “We have already started hiring palanquins to take women from their homes to healthcare facilities under the National Rural Health Mission and the government pays the men who carry the palanquin,” Anuradha Gupta, Mission Director, NRHM, told The Hindu.

The “birth waiting homes” will be constructed within or near the compounds of a health facility.

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