Session 9: Engaging Influential Actors

The continuum of care visualizes and recognizes the influence of households, communities, and outreach and facilities on maternal and newborn health outcomes. All sessions to date include some discussion of opportunities and barriers that affect women’s practices and behaviors, for example: to practice family planning, to attend antenatal care, to make a birth and emergency plan, to deliver with a skilled attendant, to seek care urgently when danger signs present themselves either in the woman or in the newborn, to initiate breastfeeding immediately, and to exclusively breastfeed. A deeper understanding of culture and social influence will help participants to think critically about their own cultural lens and how they identify and then engage influential actors in their activities to promote MNH.  

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