ASHA workers are being trained to play life-saving roles in child-birth to help reduce maternal and infant mortality rates. A project called Home Based Post Natal Care (HBPNC) that provides better training to women community health workers (ASHAs) and family members to recognize post-delivery life threatening conditions at an early stage; provide some initial care and then rush for institutional medical help. It is known that the first six weeks are of critical importance for a mother’s life and the first four weeks are equally so for a newborn’s life. The first 24 hours are regarded as extremely critical for both. However, over burdened conditions at rural health centers that lack in essential facilities force mothers to leave (or are asked to leave) them soon after child-birth. As a result post-delivery complications for mothers and children are quite common, the most frequent complaint being excessive bleeding. This is a frequent cause of maternal mortality.

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