Skilled Birth Attendant(SBA)


  • Level of training - District

  • Target participants - Staff Nurses / Auxiliary Nurse Midwives placed at delivery points

  • Total duration - 21 days

  • Total participant/batch – 3

Ensuring skilled attendance at every birth and access to quality emergency obstetric care for timely management of complications are critical interventions to achieve programme goals. Keeping this in view, skill based training programme of SBA training for Staff Nurses, ANMs/LHVs was designed.

The training equips the Staff Nurses & Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (SNs/ANMs posted in the District Hospitals/CHC/PHC/SC) with the necessary skills to conduct delivery in a safe & hygienic manner, use certain drugs like misoprostol and magnesium sulphate and simple clinical judgement tools like partograph in obstetrical cases ensuring a favorable outcome for the mother & newborn.

SBA training is a part of technical strategy for reduction of Maternal Mortality by giving universal access to skilled attendance at birth and timely access to quality services for timely management of life threatening obstetric complications.

Pregnancy and childbirth are normal events in the life of a woman. Though most pregnancies result in normal birth, it is estimated that about 15% may develop complications, which cannot be predicted. Some of these may be life threatening for the mother and/or her baby. Since any pregnancy can develop complications at any stage, so timely provision of obstetric care services is extremely important for management of such cases and as such, every pregnancy needs to be cared for by a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period Medical Officers Nursing Officers or midwife are the Skilled Birth Attendants. In Karnataka this training started on 


  • To explain the role of SBAs in providing essential care to the mother and newborn 

  • To use SBA guidelines for providing the same 

  • To demonstrate current best practices 

  • To train them in carrying out initial management of major complications during pregnancy,    labor and postpartum period 


To provide quality care to mothers and newborns to reduce maternal and neonatal    mortality 


The total training period is three weeks (21 Days). It is residential program. 

First 6 days includes exclusive classroom sessions, next 15 days posted to Tertiary   Hospital OBG department (Ex: Vani Villas hospital) for hands on