Introduction: The White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood believes respectful maternity care is the universal right of every childbearing woman.
Methods: NHRC in 2012 approved an inquiry of respectful care at facility-based childbirth. Individual-, focus group interviews and content analysis was used for gathering and analysis of data.
Findings: The participating women and the SBAs shared similar views, and this was that together the SBAs and relatives ensured the women remained within the comfort and safety zone when giving birth in a tertiary level maternity unit.
Conclusion: The SBAs strategy of having relatives provides basic care alongside the provision of medical care by the SBAs is a strategy that Nepal could use to improve the quality of its maternity care without any additional costs.
Clinical implication: Prenatal classes might contribute to preparing relatives.
Further Research: Further research could evaluate such a strategy in order to determine its effectiveness in reduction of morbidity and mortality.
Sapkota, S, Sayami, J T, Manadhar, M, & Erlandsson, K. To achieve safe and respectful maternity care in tertiary level hospitals in Nepal, relatives are a valued addition to the provision of maternity care. Journal of Asian Midwives. 2015;1(2):30–33.