Nigeria: How Lagos State Is Tackling the Challenge of Alternative Birth Methods

Due to poor conditions of the roads, navigating through the Itire/Ikate axis of Surulere can be a frustrating experience. Yet, this does not deter the pregnant women who, for many years, have thronged to Surulere for their antenatal and delivery activities. Many of them have relied on the trusted hands of Eka Otu (“Otu’s Mother” in Efik language), a traditional birth attendant, to help them through the pregnancy process.

Another childbirth attendant, Blessing Segun lives on Akinkunmi Street, a few…

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