Health Ministry plans to set up “Birth Waiting Homes”
The Ministry of Health and Welfare intends to set up “Birth Waiting Homes” close to healthcare centres to facilitate pregnant women in remote areas to gain access to prenatal care as their due date approaches.
Under National Rural Health Mission, it also plans to hire palanquins or carts to transport pregnant women across difficult terrain with a view improve institutional deliveries. The government would pay the men who carry the palanquin.
As per the plan, the “Birth Waiting Homes” will be set up within or near the compounds of a health facility. The pregnant woman would be given all support and incentives to access these facilities at least a week before her delivery date.