ISLAMABAD - Findings from a national study show that a majority of community members and households prefer birthing-stations for CMW assisted deliveries, says a press release. 

A recent study “Preference of Birthing Place - A Mixed Methods National Study of Communities, Households, Community Midwives and MNCH Programme” was conducted by Human Development Research Foundation (HDRF) to understand the preference of communities and households, for the place of birth for Community Mid Wives (CMWs) assisted deliveries. The study was funded by the Maternal and Newborn Health Programme - Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF) a grant fund of the Department for International Development (UKaid) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The study was conducted in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. The study found that a majority of the households (39pc) prefer the possibility of being serviced by CMWs at birthing stations (a room in the home of the CMW where delivery can take place) followed by a preference for having a flexibility between being serviced at the birthing station or at home, depending on the circumstances.