In an effort to reduce Maternal Mortality Rate and Infant Mortality Rate in India, the Union Health Ministry has announced birth companions for expectant mothers at public health facilities.
Birth companions are female relatives experienced in labor issues and childbirth. They offer timely advice on coping techniques and emotional support to pregnant women during delivery.
Until now, pregnant women are accompanied only by doctors and nurses during labor and no familial persons are allowed inside the delivery room. Lack of support and emotional advice during labor could be a strong reason behind high infant and maternal mortality rates in India.