Portraits of a Healthy Myanmar: Traditional Birth Attendants

Claudia Franzen
Traditional Birth Attendant Daw San (left) and Ma Zarni

"Portraits of a Healthy Myanmar": Watch the video here

In Myanmar, being pregnant and giving birth can be extremely high risk. CPI's new short video tells the story of Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) Daw San and two grateful mothers, women from the impoverished Yangon suburb of South Dagon. 

CPI trains and equips TBAs like Daw San to provide safe, clean births, and vital pre-and-post natal care to moms and babies in Myanmar's remote and under-served communities. Like all of our partner TBAs, Daw San is trained not only to provide basic care, but also to recognize risk factors and refer her clients to the hospital when necessary. She is a trusted leader in her community, considered a "sister" by the mothers whose children she brings into the world.

Your gift to Community Partners International (CPI) supports hundreds of Traditional Birth Attendants like Daw San! 


CPI's partner organization the Sympathetic Doctors Group (SDG) also serves mothers in South Dagon, home to about 30,000 people. Without SDG's volunteer doctors and free bi-weekly clinics, most mothers in this community would not be able to afford the care that helps mothers and babies survive and thrive: health education, Hepatitis B testing, pre-natal vitamins and examinations, safe birth kits, family planning and post-natal checkups. 


"Portraits of a Healthy Myanmar: Traditional Birth Attendants" - film by Claudia Franzen. Special Thanks to:

Daw San, Ma Thinzar, Ma Zarni

Dr. Hnin Nandar Htut & Dr. Htun Aung Shein

The Sympathetic Doctors Group

Seng Htoi

Improvisation by American Voices (americanvoices.org

Jazz Bridges Myanmar, 2002 

Pianist: Mike Del Ferro, Patt Wain: Kyauk Seing

Perspectives by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)